A category of collectibles that has seen a spike in popularity is vintage and antique fishing tackle. Not just rods (split bamboo fly rods being the most collectible) and reels, but lures (especially wooden), decoys, and even fishing licenses have begun to appear more frequently in the collector’s market. Earlier fishing related items suggest a folk art feel with their colorful, handmade and endearingly crude yet fine workmanship. (FYI: Many fishing and hunting licenses were in the form of small badges from the early 1900’s through the 1940’s. The most coveted badges are those issued in southern states like NC, SC, GA, FL and MS as well as the states of HI, MI and CT.) The offerings of early makers of fishing equipment like Shakespeare, Heddon, Creek Chub and Pflueger are also gaining widespread attention among collectors interested in the nostalgic memories associated with growing up in a quieter, less frantic and more forgiving world. Gone Fishin’ !
This Creek Chub Lure recently appraised for $3,000!
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