May 09, 2013
Vintage Tackle Contest: Joilet Spinner
By Joe Cermele
This week in our vintage tackle contest we have an odd hybrid of a spinner, spoon, and metal jig...at least I guess that's what you'd call it. This oddity was found by Dennis Kallas and his wife in a grab bag of lures they picked up at an antique shop. I won't give away the ending, but according to Dr. Todd Larson of The Whitefish Press and "Fishing For History" blog, this is the biggest "jackpot" lure we've had in this space in a while.
Dr. Todd says:
"This is a really neat aluminum lure that is often mistaken for the many spiral and serpentine baits manufactured by the British, but was in fact an American lure made ca. 1920 and called the Joliet Spinner. It was sold by the famed Abbey & Imbrie tackle shop of Fulton Street in New York City, and came in at least three sizes and with two different stampings: PAT. Appl'd For, which are the earliest, and Pat. 54,574 which I think is a British patent number and was put on the later lures. It was manufactured by G. Bruton & Co. of Joliet, Ill. and later by the New Jersey Aluminum Company of Newark, New Jersey. They are very collectible. One in a box went for $850 at the recent Lang's Auction in 2012; yours is worth $150-$200. It's a nifty lure and a rare one, too! To see a picture of a Joliet Spinner in the intro box, click here."
I don't know whether it was you or your wife that actually picked up that bag of lures, Dennis, but you should celebrate. That's great find with a sweet price tag! Thanks for sending and keep an eye on your mailbox, because there's a set of Berkley Aluminum Pliers headed your way.
If you've already sent me photos of your vintage tackle, keep checking every Thursday to see if I chose it for an appraisal by Dr. Todd. If you haven't and want to enter the contest, email photos of your old tackle to firstname.lastname@example.org, along with your name, mailing address, and story of how you acquired the gear. If I use it in a Thursday post, you get a pair of Berkley Aluminum Pliers (above) worth $50.