R. Haskell Minnow Fishing Lures

R. Haskell Minnow Fishing Lures

Riley Haskell - Painesville, OH

Riley Haskell was an Ohio Gunsmith that made rifles, sights and fishing lures. Today, he is best known for the fishing lure he had patented back in September 20, 1859. His was the first minnow shaped lure to be patented and, hence, one of the most desirable lure for collectors today. The copper and brass lure came in four lengths of 3-1/2, 4-1/2, 6 and 10 inches. Some of the lures have have tiny impressions like scales and some lures are smooth. His patent gives the details of his invention. The inside of the metal body had cork in the top and lead in the bottom. This was intended to keep the lure vertical in the water. Riley Haskell died on June 24, 1882 in Mentor, OH.

The R. HASKELL 6 Inch Musky Minnow, Painesville, OH, circa 1859

The R. HASKELL 3-1/2 Inch Minnow, Painesville, OH, circa 1859

The R. HASKELL Minnow with Scale Pattern

The R. HASKELL Minnow Patent

The R. HASKELL Minnow Patent

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