The first photo is of
a Shakespeare with the high forehead shape typical of those found in picture boxes, c.
1907-1909. It has gem clip hardware, longhorn "A" style props, and long sweeping
gill marks. This particular lure, a two hook model, is a floater because the hooks are on
the belly, as opposed to the underwater version where they are on the sides.
The second Shakespeare photo is a later
model, the forehead is lower, it is more rounded, the props have changed to the smaller
pointed style with the indentations which are known as "B" props. The hardware
varies here from gem clip to flat plate depending on the date. This lure may have been in
a late picture box ,or more likely, a wood box, c. 1907-1912, with the paper label on the
The third Shakespeare photo is a
later model, the body is more rounded, it has flat plate hardware and plain props. This
lure is typical of those found in the gray cardboard box with the green and red label, c.