William Shakespeare Lures – Kalamazoo, MI

The William Shakespeare lures were made by 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 with glass eyes. 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. William Shakespeare lures were later made with glass eyes and a natural paint design showing scale patterns and colors.

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 SHAKESPEARE Wooden Revolution, Circa 1900

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The SHAKESPEARE Revolutions

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The SHAKESPEARE Glass-Eyed Evolution

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The SHAKESPEARE No. 12 Minnow and Wooden Box

The SHAKESPEARE No. 44GY Minnow and Box

The SHAKESPEARE No. 44 Minnows

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The SHAKESPEARE No. 33 Torpedo

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The SHAKESPEARE No. 03 Submerged Minnow

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The SHAKESPEARE No. 43 Slim Jim

The SHAKESPEARE No. 135 Darting Shrimp

The SHAKESPEARE Twin Minnow

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The SHAKESPEARE No. 6508 and 6509 Fisher Baits

The SHAKESPEARE No. 6511 Plopper

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An Early SHAKESPEARE Minnow Collection

A SHAKESPEARE Revolution and Evolution Lure Collection


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SHAKESPEARE Ad in 1901 “RECREATION” Magazine


The WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, JR. 1909 Catalog

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