Vaughn's Tackle Company - Cheboygan, Michigan
This wooden body lure was manufactured in the early 1940's by Vaughn's Tackle Company of Cheboygan, Michigan, and has a rotating head with three flutes of varying colors. The head rotates on a shaft which is screwed into the body. A small washer separates the rotating head and body. The hook hangers are simply small eye hooks which are also screwed into the body. The lure is depicted in Carl F. Luckey's book, Old Fishing Lures and Tackle (No. 4) as well as Karl White's Fishing Tackle Antiques and Collectibles (11/1995 edition). The colors listed below were cited or illustrated in both books. The wooden body measures 3 1/2" with another 1/4" tacked on for the nose loop. The two pictures illustrate all three flute colors when the head is turned. The value range for this lure runs from $90 to $200. (Additional note: these price estimates are from the original 1996 article.)
Vaughn Lure Box
The box for the Vaughn lure was fairly simple with printed words and no graphics. These boxes are very scarce and seldom seen and can double the value of the lure if it's in the correct box.
Vaughn's Lure Box Paperwork
As rare as the box and maybe even rarer is the box paper. This is the only known record of a list of advertised colors the lure came in.
Author's Note: An extensive article on Vaughn's Lure was published after this Lure Lore in the NFLCC Gazette, June, 1998 (Vol. 23, #77) entitled Vaughn's Lure by Kelly Girard.
- Ray Vaughn started the Vaughn Tackle Company in 1946 in Cheboygan, Michigan.
- He applied for two patents on April 19, 1946. One for the Vaughn lure and the second for a variation with a Globe type propeller. That second version would never be put into production.
- In January 1948 Ray Vaughn and his family moved back to lower Michigan ending production of the Vaughn Tackle Company.
- In September 1948 Patent No. 151,106 (Vaughn Lure) and Patent No. 151,107 (Globe propeller type) were issued.
- There was a 1946 largest pike and largest bass contest caught on a Vaughn lure.
- There are four different box variations. Two for 1946 and two for 1947. Box variations are shown below.
Vaughn's Lure Box Style 1: 1946 Long Skinny Box, Plain
Vaughn's Lure Box Style 2: 1946 Normal Size, Plain
Vaughn's Lure Box Style 3: 1947 Picture Box
Vaughn's Lure Box Style 4: 1947 Henry Lewis Box (Rare)
Below are some additional images some Vaughn lures and their boxes (thanks to Langs Auction for use of the images).
If anybody has additional information or paperwork such as early advertisements they would share it would be greatly appreciated.
The lure pictured above is believed to have been made in the 1950's or 1960's based upon the type of hooks on the lure. It is made of light wood - there are no markings on the prop or the lure of any type. It is torpedo shaped, measuring approximately 1 1/4" in diameter and 4 1/2" long. The pictures are of the top and bottom of the lure.
Identification Status to Date: Unknown
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