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Unusual Fishing & Hunting Memorabilia

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Below are a few Hunting, Fishing, and etc. from my collection. I am always looking for similar items. The items on this page are not for sale, but there are some similar hunting & fishing items and badges on my sales pages.

Penn Fishing Reels Items

Penn Advertising Ashtrays

New York Sportsmen's Show

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Given at the New York Sportsmens Show. Made out of the same material as Penn sideplates. Has Sailfish in middle. 3 inches. Marked on back "Compliments and Good Luck Penn Fishing Tackle Mfg. Co. Phila. PA."


San Francisco Sportsmans Show

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Given away at the San Francisco Sportsmans show. No fish in center. 3 inches. Marked on back "Compliments and Good Luck Penn Fishing Tackle Mfg. Co. Phila. PA."



Penn Advertising

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"Depend on Penn" with Sailfish, same back marking as the other ashtrays. 




Other Penn Items to Follow.

Abercrombie & Fitch Split Shot Tin

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Celluloid pinback style front, 1 1/2 inches. Early.

Annual Fishing Contest Plaque

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Silver, copper, and Bakelite. 2 3/4 x 3 3/4. Easel back. It has engraved on it "Annual Contest S, Jackaway Sept. 9, 1951"


1960 Ohio Fishing Champion Lighter

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Presented by the Cleveland Press newspaper to Jack Alego. Zippo Lighter. 1 5/8 x 2 1/4 inches. 


  Early Tintype Photograph

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I think this is a photo of a Giant Sea Bass. Based on the type of reel, photo, and etc. I think it was 1880-1900. Notice the pier in the background. California? 2 1/2 x 3 inches.

Fishing Themed Cigarette Case

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Thin, plated metal, probably 1930s-1950s.  


Horrocks Ibbotson Company Award Plaque

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I think these were sold by H-I so that hunting and fishing clubs could award them for tournaments, and etc. Metal  on a walnut plaque. Really well made, I think from the 1940s-1950s. 8 3/2 x 12 inches. This one was never engraved. 


Gladding 150th Anniversary Knife

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South Bend - Quick - magic Snell Gladding - 150th Anniversary 1816-1966 - Line Up with gladding. No maker's mark, but does have a Made in USA mark, and serial number. Knife blade, file and match striker, money clip, or belt clip, on back. Stainless steel with plastic insert. 


Progressive Angling Game Piece Patented August 10, 1886

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This is from a children's fishing game where you used a toy rod and line to hook the pieces. Patented by Marie D. Bullock. Going 2 5/8 inches. Thin plated metal. Patent #346,892


Point Pleasant 1964 Tournament Lighter

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New Jersey, Tuna? tournament. 1 3/4 inch, made in Japan, bronze medallion. 



Huntley & Palmers Biscuit Tin Creel

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A biscuit tin shaped like a fishing creel. Shown in the second photo is an advertisement for their figural tins from 1909. London, England. Tin plated brass or brass and some tin. 7 1/2 inches long, 6 inches tall. A really neat item. 


Salmon Matchsafe

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Aluminum, 3 inches. Salmon in a net. 


Key Colony Beach Sailfish Tournament

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1971. Aluminum Park brand Lighter. 2 1/4 inches. 


Gar Wood Tuna Hook/Jig

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I think this is a developmental prototype for a tuna jig or hook. Gar Wood was a tackle designer, designing reels for Fin Nor among other tackle he designed. Here is what it says on the hang tag that was attached to the hook. "Gar wood Tuna Hook - Stainless steel hook - BRASS will be Chromed - or could be of stainless steel. - Product of Hong Kong - Nov. 1973  - TCL"  The hook is larger in diameter than the eye. The head is lead filled brass, shaped back to a lead collar where I guess a skirt could be tied. The front is beveled at an angle. Notice the dimple in the side. I think that probably was to secure the brass in place to the hook, also might indicate where an eye would go. 3 1/2 inches. Strongly made. This came from the estate of Trig Lund, which explains the TCL, and was part of the Heddon archives. Now the question is was this a Heddon prototype?


Shakespeare Huffman Saddle Attachment

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Adds a trigger to the rod, and a palm rest, kind of an early palming feature for baitcasting rods and reels. Patented 1909. 



Orvis 1874 Reel

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Ok, so it isn't a badge or medal! I still thought it was pretty nice, especially to find it with its original wooden box. Patented in 1874, Charles F. Orvis, Maker. 


Brown Robertson Lock Joint Tool

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Wm. Robertson, Fishing Tackle, Glasgow: C.2. a type of wrench used to lock, and open, ferrules on a fishing rod. Aluminum alloy. 5 inches. 







Farlow's Universal Landing  Net Carrier

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G. Farlow & Co. London, Reg. No. 500646 which is 1907. A simple pin on ring to hold your net, gaff, or tailer. ring 1 5/8 inch, Nickel plated brass. 

Farlow Advertising Flybox

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Farlow used boxes it shipped, and sold flies in, to advertise other products, including the net carrier. 

Hank's Fly Clip

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Link To Mark

1936 Patent. Brass, nice strong pin, spring loaded for pinning to your fly vest to hold flies. One of my favorite fly fishing gadgets. 3/4 x 2 1/2 inches. 

Case's Fly Fishing Knife

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Case XX stainless. Knife, hook disgorger/file, Scissors, line pick/awl. With reel screwdriver on one end, measure on the back. 4 inches. 










Harpoon or Flying Gaff? 

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Iron harpoon point. Possibly hand forged and hand made. Notice the way it works, designed well so that the pivoting barbs would not let it pull out easily, but would allow it to penetrate well. Strong point. Now the question is what was it made for? Way too small for whales, a bit large for spearing fish through the ice, unless they were big fish. Smaller than most swordfish darts I have seen. 6 3/4 inches. I think this went into the end of a wood shaft. The hole in the iron was where you attached a line so that when the harpoon head pulled loose from the wooden shaft, you could pull in the fish. If anyone has more information it would be appreciated. Someone e-mailed and said this may have been used as a bolt in a crossbow, possibly for sea otters, that he thought he had seen something similar in Alaska? 


Duck Decoy Towel Holder

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 Made as a Plaque. It says "Put me in your galley and I will hold your dish towels - Captain James" Old Oak back, well carved duck heads. I hope someone out there might have some idea who Captain James might be, where he was from, and if he was a decoy carver. Bought at an auction in Southport, North Carolina.


Dry as a Fish or Trout Flask.

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1895 pewter, or silverplate on pewter. 5 1/2 inches across. 

Tiny Handmade fishing Rod & Reel

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Wonderful tiny, old, rod and reel. Reel is about the size of a quarter, rod is 23 inches assembled. Fittings made of aluminum, rod of some kind of wood. The little thing to the left of the reel I am no sure what it is. A fishing float? Any idea of the age or maker? Bought from England through eBay. 


Grampus salesman's sample Rod?

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 miniature fishing rod. A miniature of a saltwater split bamboo boat rod. Perfectly made, labeled "GRAMPUS". Aluminum tube is 8 1/4 inches, brass end cap. Cloth rod bag. Rod is right at 15 inches assembled. Metal reel seat, ferrules, wooden handle. When made? Purpose? Value? 


Hardy Dri-Fly Dresser

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Neat accessory from Hardy of England used to dry and dress with oil dry flies for fly fishing. The inside held a felt pad for the oil or dressing, and a pad made of a type of mushroom used for drying the flies. Between two pieces of plated metal, with a neat little latch. 2 1/2 inches. Early. 

Hunting Scene Matchcase

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Pat. Jan 12, 1904. Nice small brass matchcase. Once nickel plated. 2 3/8 inch. Striker on bottom. 

Zelner Grease Pencil

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Lysle Zelner Company - 410 Pennsylvania Ave., Dowagiac, Mich.  - Piscatorial Paraphernalia - (Fishing Tackle, That Is). Plastic 4 1/2 inches. Lysle Zelner, 1904-1952, he ran a tackle wholesale business in Dowagiac, had a van painted like a tackle box, even had a handle on top. President of the Dowagiac Sports Council. 

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The picture above is Lysle Zelner's storefront. 

Deer-Coy for JON-E Handwarmer

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Fitted onto your JON-E hand warmer. It held a patch of felt that you would soak with Deer-Coy deer scent (or other deer scent). The warmer would warm up the scent, and make is spread further, and be more attractive. Aluminum 2 3/4 x 2 inches. First one I have seen. Thought it was cute, and a neat hunting item. 


Old Dominion Lures

Sneaky Bird Lure

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Wood, natural bark, whistle at the back. 5 1/2 inches. In original plastic top box. Glass taxidermy eyes. Patent 251673

Mr. Whiskers Lure

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Wood, nice paint, 2 1/2 inches. In original plastic top box. Glass taxidermy eyes.  With original paperwork. patent Pending. 

Doc Shelton, Old Dominion Fishing Lures, P.O. Box 1 Crewe, VA 23930 marked on papers. . 


Bardon Abercrombie & Fitch Prototype Fly Reels

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bardonflyreel3a.jpg (81683 bytes) bardonflyreel3b.jpg (51678 bytes) bardonflyreel3c.jpg (95634 bytes) I think this is closer to the finished product. Gold and black anodized aluminum frame. No markings. Spool is 2 1/2 inches x 3/4 inch. Reel is 2 3/4 inches overall. Notice this one not only has a click, but also a drag as part of the click. Very unusual cam to adjust the drag, or turn it to where it is just a click. I think this is the reel in the top middle of the case. 


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Any information on this maker? Or the history of these reels with A&F? Anything you could tell me would be appreciated. I am interested in purchasing the other 2 reels from this case. 

Paul E. McNeal Ice Spearing Decoy

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Duck Decoy Heads

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My father bought this lot of duck decoy heads from an auction , they came from Southport, North Carolina. 

 A kind soul was willing to provide me with some help, and he said he really needed to have them in his hand to be sure, but that tentatively identified the following:

2. -  Looks like Wildfowler Decoy Co., Old Saybrook, CT  C-1930's.
3. - Capt. Jess Urie, Rock Hall, MD  C-1940's (if the bill is the same width as the head - if not, I don't know)
4. - A pintail head - looks very much like the Ward Bros, Crisfield, MD C-1930's
5. - Ward Bros.
6. - Perhaps Wildfowler w/broken beak tip.
7. - Looks like Blanton Saunders, Currituck, NC  C-1940's - not sure.
8. - Definitely Wildfowler
9. - Ward Bros.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing some of the items from my collection! 

I enjoy finding odd, and unusual, fishing and hunting memorabilia, and enjoy showing them here. Collectors preserve many items, and much information, that would otherwise be lost. It is fun to research the items and see what you can find out about them. 

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