W.D. Chapman & Son Metal Lures

W.D. Chapman & Son Metal Lures

W.D. Chapman & Son, Theresa, NY

William D. Chapman was born in Theresa, NY in 1820. The company was established in 1860 in Theresa, NY and was later moved to Rochester, NY in 1887. His first business endeavor was in the jewelry and watch business. He was also a fisherman and received his first lure patent on May 15, 1866. His first lures were marked "W.D. Chapman, Theresa, NY" up until his son was made a partner in 1876. From 1876 to 1887 they were marked "W.D. Chapman & Son, Theresa, NY." After the company moved to Rochester in 1887 they were marked "Chapman, Son & Co., Rochester, NY" and "W.D. Chapman & Son, Rochester, NY." After his son died in 1897, they were once again marked "W.D. Chapman, Theresa, NY." Chapman died on July 9, 1909.




The W.D. CHAPMAN & SON "New Combination" Lure, circa 1885


W.D. CHAPMAN Threaded Minnow, circa 1886


W.D. CHAPMAN Water Nymph


The W.D. Chapman, Son & Co. "Electric" Lure, Rochester, NY circa 1888


W.D. CHAPMAN February, 1875 Ad in "Forest and Stream" Magazine


W.D. CHAPMAN March, 1875 Ad in "Forest and Stream" Magazine


W.D. CHAPMAN April, 1875 Ad in "Forest and Stream" Magazine


W.D. CHAPMAN & SON January, 1876 Ad in "Forest and Stream" Magazine


W.D. CHAPMAN & SON September, 1882 Ad in "Forest and Stream" Magazine


W.D. CHAPMAN & SON January, 1885 Ad in "The American Angler" Magazine


W.D. CHAPMAN May, 1886 Ad in "Forest and Stream" Magazine


1888 "The Industries of the City of Rochester" by the Chamber of Commerce


1891 Rochester, NY City Directory Ad


W.D. CHAPMAN & SON May, 1892 Ad in "Forest and Stream" Magazine


W.D. CHAPMAN 1897 Ad in "The Amateur Sportsman" Magazine


The W.D. CHAPMAN Patents

The W.D. CHAPMAN Patents



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