William Shakespeare Jr. Company Antique Vintage Fishing Lures and Boxes

William Shakespeare, Jr. Company Fishing Lures

William Shakespeare, Jr. Company - Kalamazoo, MI

The William Shakespeare, Jr. Company was one of the longest operating companies of the now classic lure makers. The Shakespeare Company was founded by William Shakespeare, Jr. in 1897. The company's first lure was the called the Revolution. The first Revolutions were made of wood and then later the bodies 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. This is when we see the first Shakespeare wooden lures. The oldest lures have a see-through wire hook hanger design with small brass cups. The hooks were held through the body with a paper clip style design. Then in 1910, the through body design used a small flat plate to attach the hooks. This design was later followed by the normal cup and screw eye design to hold the hooks.

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 Early SHAKESPEARE Minnows

Photo of David Lindsey's Shakespeare Lures


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


The SHAKESPEARE No. 6511 Plopper


The SHAKESPEARE Revolutions and Evolutions

Revolutions and Evolutions from the Collection of Bob Coon


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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