William Shakespeare Jr. Company Antique Vintage Fishing Lures and Boxes

Wm. Shakespeare, Jr. Company Fishing Lures

Wm. Shakespeare, Jr. Company - Kalamazoo, MI

The Shakespeare Company was founded by William Shakespeare, Jr. in 1897. The company's first lure was the Revolution. The first Revolutions were wood and then later were made of hollow aluminum. Shakespeare then made a couple of rubber lures. They were called the Sure Lure and the Evolution. In 1905, they acquired the rights to the Fred Rhodes wooden minnow patents. The oldest lures have a see-through wire hook hanger design with small brass cups.

Examples of the wide range of lures made by Shakespeare can be seen in the photos below and in the 1909 Catalog at the bottom of this page.

The original boxes for these lures can sometimes double their value.




The SHAKESPEARE Wooden REVOLUTION, Circa 1900


The SHAKESPEARE REVOLUTIONS


The SHAKESPEARE Glass-Eyed EVOLUTION


The SHAKESPEARE No. 44GY Minnow and Box


The SHAKESPEARE No. 44 Minnows


The SHAKESPEARE No. 33 Torpedo


The SHAKESPEARE No. 03 Submerged Minnow


The SHAKESPEARE No. 43 Slim Jim


The SHAKESPEARE No. 12 Minnow and Wooden Box


The SHAKESPEARE No. 135 Darting Shrimp


The SHAKESPEARE Twin Minnow


The SHAKESPEARE No. 6508 and 6509 Fisher Baits


SHAKESPEARE Ad in 1901 RECREATION Magazine


SHAKESPEARE 1909 Catalog


To see the 1909 Shakespeare Catalog, click on the link below.

Link to 1909 Shakespeare Catalog



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