Old Hickory Rod & Tackle Co. Kinney Bird Fishing Lures

Old Hickory Rod & Tackle Co. Kinney Bird Fishing Lures

Old Hickory Rod & Tackle Co. - Kinney Bird, Tampa, FL

Herbert Kinney started his company in Bangor, MI. He sold his 4 foot hickory casting rod as his main product. He also sold other fishing tackle out of this company including his "Flipper" lure. Kinney moved to Tampa, Florida in the mid 1920's and named his company Old Hickory Tackle Company of Tampa, Florida. It is here that Kinney received a design patent for his Kinney Bird lure on Sept. 20, 1927. The first Kinney Birds were hand painted in a variety of bird patterns. After his patent was granted, he advertised that his Kinney Birds now came with a "Heddon Finish". Heddon Lures were popular at this time and recognized as lures of high quality. Kinney must have struck a deal with James Heddon's Sons to have them paint his lures to hopefully increase his sales. These lures are highly sought after by collectors today.

KINNEY Bird Lures, circa 1927

Lure Box Ads for KINNEY Bird Lures, circa 1927

KINNEY Bird Lure with Box Ad, circa 1927

KINNEY Flipper Lure

KINNEY 1920 Ad in The American Angler Magazine

KINNEY 1922 Ads in Field & Stream Magazine

KINNEY Design Patent

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