Henry Loftie Antique Lures
by other great antique old fishing lure makers of the 19th century such as
Chapman, Buel, Haskell, McHarg, and Pflueger Antique Lures we find another old fishing lure
and tackle maker; Henry Loftie.
Loftie, son of William E. was born in Auburn, Ny., February 28, 1841, and came
with his parents to Syracuse in 1855. William, Henry's father established a hair
business there until his death in 1875. Henry's mother passed in 1885.
educated in Auburn and Onondaga Academy, became a clerk and later partner of his
father, and in 1860 started his present establishment. In 1887 he originated the
bamboo business in Syracuse and subsequently took in Bruce Aldrich under firm
name of Syracuse Bamboo Furniture Company, of which he was president. In 1892
the concern moved to Baldwinsville and in 1893 Mr. Henry Loftie disposed of his
Henry married Frances E. daughter of Judge John Wisner, of Elmira, and they had
one son, Harry who became a partner of his father in 1892 under the firm name of
Henry Loftie & Son. ***
Much isn't known about Henry’s lifestyle other
than a desire and passion for fishing and his wide array of business interests.
In the 1887 Henrys passion for fishing tackle and lures surpassed his desire to
continue the hair business and thus a new venture was created. the Syracuse
Split Bamboo Fish Rod Company.
left side of the page you can see a copy of an original correspondence from
Henry to a famous fishing reel maker Mr. malison, which can be viewed close up
in the galleries.
continue to read on in the Henry Loftie Lures page 2, where I will discuss more
in depth of his old fishing lures and patents granted. You can take a tour in
the Loftie Lure Gallery below of some of
his trade cards from the 1860's, see a bottle of his hair tonic and one of his
most famous inventions the Loftie Wave or Weave.
*** Onondaga's Centennial, Boston History Co., Vol II 1896