Around the 'globe' with Pflueger
In this context, "Globe" refers to the highly sought after Pflueger globe fishing lure. This company is what many collectors believe to the oldest of the six large lure manufactures, producing quality baits since the late 1800s.
Previously we have discussed their pal-o-mine wooden lure. However, Pflueger made many early wood lures and minnows of rubber which all are very valuable.
In addition, they were one of the world's largest producers of fishing reels. Collecting just their reels could take you a lifetime. Over this company's 60-year history, they sold more fishing equipment than any other manufacturer.
Let's get to the business at hand and go into detail with the Pflueger globe wooden fishing lure. Most of this week's information comes from the Russell E. Lewis text, "Classic Fishing Lures."
The wooden Globe, model #3700 was made from the 1930's through mid to late 1960's. It came in three sizes, 5 1/2", 3 5/8" and 2 7/8". Colors I am aware of include the most common red head and white body, red head and black body, red head and pike scale body, yellow with gold dots, and all white lure.
Earlier models came in a two-piece paper box with visually appealing graphics. Those boxes were primarily shades of green with red lettering. The top depicted two men in a canoe with the front individual "fighting" a largemouth bass in a natural setting. For any serious collector having a box or two is a necessity. Later globe lures came in a two-piece container, plastic cover sleeve and paper bottom. Quite boring compared to the first box. It's the older paper box that you want to search out.
Know the 5 1/2" globe has different hardware than the smaller two sizes. The rear hook comes with a simpler looking, but heaver set up than the two smaller versions. Also, the front eyelet has a sealed oblong metal ring attached. Smaller models have a silver swivel. The large globe has a small metal spacer between the head and body. It lacks the five-sided nut, located between the two body parts that is attached to the smaller lures. What is common to all sizes are two sets of treble hooks, both of which are fixed to the body.
I need to add the body of this lure is always larger than the head. On all models the front prop is attached to the back of the wooden head. Speaking of props, the easiest way to identify most all Pflueger globes is to locate the company logo on one side of the metal blade. The stamping should read, "GLOBE" Pfleuger Trademark with a bull dog between the lettering. Be ever aware of the multitude of fake globes in the open market. It's easy to get "burnt" with this lure.
The Plfueger globe lure is quite common, thus easy to locate. Because of the law of supply and demand, condition is paramount to either buying or selling this lure. A quick Internet search found the lure alone with asking prices from a few dollars to upwards of $40. Lures with the appropriate early two-piece paper box were priced from $80 to $90 each. (Much too expensive for what I have experienced.) It makes little difference whether you're buying or selling.
My thoughts are if you have a common color globe (red/white) in poor to good condition, expect just a few bucks. A yellow or red/green scaled lure in mint condition could bring $15 to $20. Add $10 for a box in nice condition.
The most challenging part of this lure/box is finding the pair in mint condition. Never forget, when water and paper meet, paper always loses. Until next time, may all your searches be successful.