Allcock, Gregory, Hardy, Farlow Baits
It is known that fishing lures have been made in England for a long time.
Some of the earliest English baits can be read about in Izaak Walton's book "The
Complete Angler" which was published 1653. The majority of the British Baits are
metal lures. Occasionally you will find one made of gutta-percha (hard rubber).
With the exception of the later Hardy Bros Jock Scott lures, wood was not used
for making lures.
An interesting design feature found on most British Baits is one that causes
the lure to revolve as it is pulled through the water. Most have opposing left
and right side fins with one curved up and the other curved down. Exaggerated
curved tails were also used to cause the bait to revolve in the water.
It is rare to find a catalog for a particular lure maker. Almost all of the
baits were sold through one of the three main tackle suppliers - Allcock 's,
Hardy Bros, or Farlow.
The prize British baits were those made by James Gregory from Birmingham. He
introduced his first spoon baits in 1878. His subsequent lures were jewel-like
replicas of minnows with faceted glass eyes. The workmanship on these lures is
excellent and highly sought after by collectors.
William Brown is credited with inventing the Phantom Minnow in the
mid-1800's. In the late 1890's, the bait incorporated Philip Geen's Patent
Swivel to keep the line from twisting. They were made up until the early 1900's.
A Collection of British Baits
James Gregory Minnow, circa 1880
James Gregory's Windsor Bee, circa 1880's
James Gregory's Paragon Lures, circa 1880's
Gutta-Percha Glass Eyed Lure, circa 1900
Allcock's Dazzle Bait, circa 1923
Norwich Glass Eyed Spoons, circa 1900
Philip Geen's Combination Spoon Phantom & Spiral Minnow, circa 1900
Allcock's Water Witch Baits, circa 1910
The Tit-Bit Spinner, circa 1913
The Swallow Tail Lure, circa 1920
William Brown's Phantom Minnows, circa 1900
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