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There's many lures that the Arbogast company has put out over the years that are highly collectible.

One of them is the Jitterbug. According to the company's 50th Anniversary History booklet, the Jitterbug was 1st brought out on the market in 1938.

And they are still made today.

Probably THE most important thing about collecting is being able to identify lures as to their approximate vintage, and Jitterbugs are especially true of this fact.

Here's one auction that is getting ready to close on Ebay today that isn't right. The lure box dates to the 1950's...maybe late 1940's too.

The paint job on the lure dates to around the early 1990's.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=290480006521&_trksid=e11010.m204&_trkparms=algo%3DSIC%26its%3DI%26itu%3DUCI%26otn%3D8&ssPageName=ADME:B:WNA:US:1348

If you were to start on this catalog page for Arbogast 1941...and work your way through the colors on this website over the years shown, you will see just how many times the "perch" pattern has changed over the years.

http://nflcc.org/CPG/thumbnails.php?album=14&page=2

That said, there are other ways to also identify / date Jitterbugs. First off, the earliest Jitterbugs had no "stamped" name on them, and the metal lips don't have patent #'s on them. At some point in the mid-1940's Arbogast started stamping them as "Jitterbug".

The next major change was the patent numbers on the metal lips...mid to late 1950's I believe.

Hook hardware changed many times in the early years, so I have attached a chart of hardware showing approximate dates and pics of the hardware.

Yet another way to help in dating these is by the detail (or lack of) around the eyes. I have attached another pic that has 4 lures circled in red. You will notice how flat the eyeballs look, and the lack of detail. These are definitely newer models.

Hope this helps some of you!
 

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Once again, extremely informative....Thanks Dave... :thumbup01:

Sounds as if a person should carry a "cheat sheet" along when going to garage sales, auctions, etc, etc. to help identify ages of the lures.
 

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Thanks for the info Dave. The Jitterbug is my favorite topwater I`ve ever used.
I wish I could find some blank bodies or just some that need some help.I would like to put a few of my designs on them.Anyone that has some old beat up ones and want to work some kind of deal PM me.
 

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@ Mo...quite right about the cheat-sheet idea...until you start to memorize the stuff :thumbup01:

@ GuppyCatcher....I may be able to help you out in a month or so....just got too many things going on to mess with the Arbogast stuff at the moment :sad2: :baitmonkey:

@ Allen...the bell hardware on the back end dates back all the way to 1954 on the 1/4 oz models. Compare the eye detail of yours to the one on this 1954 catalog page...

http://nflcc.org/CPG/displayimage.php?album=14&pos=34

Then to this 1982 page....

http://nflcc.org/CPG/displayimage.php?album=14&pos=77
 

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To date....this box is the oldest design by Arbogast that I know. It's the only one I've seen with red ink...and I'd bet good money it is pre WWII ;)

This sold in a group of lure boxes recently...which I missed out on :wack:
 

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I carry a small pocket guid with me when I am out shopping...lol!
 

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Not well known about Fred Arbogast is that he was a competitive bait caster, reigning as the national champion in 1922, 1923 and 1924. He also broke the world’s long-distance casting record of 250 feet in 1924.

Here's a few J'bugs that have recently sold on Ebay that I thought you guys might like to check out.

1939 wood - plastic started around 1940...this is the earliest of the frog color pattern AND hardware...$125

http://cgi.ebay.com/Original-Fred-Arbogast-Frog-JITTERBUG-Lure-2-/250706162714?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3a5f40741a

Brown mouse color (approx. 1982) with box....$78

http://cgi.ebay.com/Arbogast-Seeins-Believin-Jitterbug-248-Brn-Mouse-Lure-/320600724434?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4aa54ad3d2

Newer white....$88

http://cgi.ebay.com/FRED-ARBOGAST-JITTERBUG-LURE-WHITE-RED-EYES-TOUGH-COLOR-/120631345346?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1c163040c2

Chrome - blue...$68

http://cgi.ebay.com/FRED-ARBOGAST-JITTERBUG-LURE-CHROME-BLUE-TOUGH-COLOR-/120631345218?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1c16304042

Red with black spots...$55

http://cgi.ebay.com/RARE-COLOR-Arbogast-Jitterbug-Orange-w-black-spots-/260676493663?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3cb187a15f

Numbered Limited Edition Anniversary cedar....$125

http://cgi.ebay.com/Vintage-Fred-Arbogast-Jitterbug-Lure-LTD-EDITION-Cedar-/150503259165?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item230ab17c1d

Older blue & white...$117

http://cgi.ebay.com/Nice-Blue-Head-Arbogast-Jitterbug-/200525683186?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2eb04319f2

Uncatalogued color mid-'40's hardware....$416 ;)

http://cgi.ebay.com/Vintage-Jitterbug-Lure-Early-Hardware-Rare-/380275022388?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item588a285a34

Here's something TRULY unique...what appears to be a Jitterbug body & hardware...but the lip is stamped with Shakespeare...

http://cgi.ebay.com/RARE-FRED-ARBOGAST-SHAKESPEARE-JITTERBUG-/120627575037?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1c15f6b8fd

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Dave great info!!!! thanks for posting :thumbup01: :thumbup01: :thumbup01:
 

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You're welcome Lou ;)

Now here are a few of the things that you have to watch for...as there are folks out there that will try to pull a fast one :cussin:

Lure has 1940's type hardware...plastic top box from early 1950's...lure catalog from early to late 1940's

http://cgi.ebay.com/VINTAGE-ARBOGAST-PLASTIC-LIP-JITTERBUG-LURE-2-5in-W-BOX-/110596942779?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item19c0176bbb

This one has a plastic lip (used up to 1945)....but hardware is from 1947 - current..

http://cgi.ebay.com/RARE-VINTAGE-FRED-ARBOGAST-PLASTIC-LIP-JITTERBUG-LURE-/300475985597?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item45f5c3aebd

This lure has hardware dating '43 - '46....plastic top box is early 1950's....and has wrong color code on it (R means redhead)...catalog from 1940's

http://cgi.ebay.com/Old-Arbogast-Jitterbug-Fishing-lure-antique-bait-box-/220676905657?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_2&hash=item33615e5ab9
 

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Well ya know there's a lot of folks out there willing to make a Buck anyway they can :sad2: and they could also have bought em that way and don't know . Dave ya know this is the first time I've ever seen em with the Plastic lip, thanks again
 

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If I'm not mistaken, Arbogast put a clear plastic lip on their jitterbugs in the 1980s for a time. I'm not sure that they still are though...
 

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@ Lou....I hear ya ...but 2 of those sellers...have sold a LOT of fishing tackle...and for that matter...pulled fast ones on me last spring...and I refuse to buy from them again :wack:

The colored plastic lips were from '42-'45 during WWII.

@ Pete....clear lips 1st came out in 1991

http://nflcc.org/CPG/displayimage.php?album=14&pos=118

I HAVE seen sellers on Ebay state the the clear ones were WWII types...folks misleading buyers :sad2:
 

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Very nice collection there. I had a few of the wigglers but I sold all but 1 I believe.
 

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