James Heddon Antique Lures
James Heddon and antique lure would certainly
come to mind if asked who was the most collected and popular antique lure maker today; one would have
to say the Heddon lure. If not first, then in the Heddon would certainly be in top two antique fishing lure makers.
Why, and how did James Heddon and his legacy become the General Electric of antique and old
James Heddon and Sons Antique Lure Makers 1902 - Current/EBSCO
carvings of ice decoys in the mid to later 1800's, to the famous, folk tale of the James
Heddon hand carved frog;
James Heddon & Sons fishing lure legacy and old fishing lures have lived on for longer than a century. A century that
was filled with 2 World Wars, a great depression, dozens of large lure
companies, lawsuits, patent infringement cases, and still survives today under the
Much can be said as to how Heddon the giant fishing lure company survived,
adapted, and changed the fishing lure industry forever. In essence James Heddon
a humble man who was initially a Bee Keeper living in Dowagiac Michigan, whose roots were in
England had an idea and executed a plan in an industry which was ripe for
change. Though James Heddon alone was not solely responsible for the success of
his antique lure empire by any
means. With the help and leadership of his sons William and Charles who was a sales
mastermind. Heddon and Sons along with great inventors on the staff such as William Stolley,
Heddon would revolutionize the fishing tackle industry, and certainly our hobby
of collecting old and antique fishing lures forever.
Collecting Heddon Lures
collectors novice and advanced seem to easily identify with the Heddon lures, whether from the
its famous lure paint pattern Crackleback, or the shape and body of lures like the
Perfect Casting Bait otherwise referred to as a Heddon Slope Nose, collectors seem to
adorn Heddon as one of the antique and old fishing lure manufacturers to
collect. With the fishing lures distinguishing Heddon shaped props (sometimes
stamped Heddon's Dowagiac) and hand painted sweeping
gill marks on a high forehead 150 underwater minnow, it is easy for one to
understand the company slogan of Heddon Made, well made.
progresses I will add to the Heddon pages, adding more history, to the evolution
of some of the famous Heddon lures, from the Underwater Minnow, to the Crazy Crawler.
Heddon Lure Summary
a seat an see what it looks like inside the Heddon
Factory. Take the time to view Heddon
Antique Lure Patents
to learn just how these lures were invented. We have set up pages to help educate you on
what colors were painted on the
old and now antique Heddon
lures, their boxes and the numbers stamped on the ends.
We will show you multiple Heddon
Antique Lure Galleries, including some collections such as the
Heddon Frog Scale Collection. All in effort to provide a
enjoyable education website devoted to the Old Fishing Lure.