Thursday, April 16, 2009

The Harry Comstock Flying Hellgrammite

From Lang's:

Patented January 30, 1883 in Fulton, NY, considered by many to be the first wooden lure ever made, with a 2 5/16" wood body, green painted head, natural finish tail, original red glass eyes, through body and side to side brass hardware, all original glass beads and hooks, with 1 7/8" nickel plated wings, both with original red painted accents and both clearly marked. This early American classic, very likely more than 125 years old, grades strong VG+ due to flaking of the green paint and one broken treble hook. The Flying Hellgrammite is very rarely offered for sale and can be considered extremely rare in any condition.

My brain is breaking this morning. Looking through the Lang's catalog, I am stunned by the beauty of utility. To think of all this stuff being made in the United States is at once exhilarating and depressing.

The Harry Comstock Flying Hellgrammite at Lang's (Auction estimate $5000-8000)