__"You have a very old and very rare lure on your hands. It is an F.C. Woods Expert Minnow, and an example of one of the earliest wooden casting plugs in fishing history. The Expert Minnow is one of the most confusing for collectors, because it was manufactured by four separate companies (Holzwarth, Woods, Clark, and Keeling). Fortunately, we have collectors like Bill Sonnett to help us sort all this out. Bill wrote a brilliant history of the F.C. Woods models, and according to him, what you have is a round-bodied "economy" model Woods Expert with the perforated propellers made in Alliance, Ohio ca. 1903-1905. In current condition the value is $300-$400. It's one of the all-time greatest fishing lures. To view Sonnett's history of the Woods Expert, including an ad for this minnow, click here."