SALE This listing is for a Very Rare New Old Stock Large Wooden Muskie Duc Lure in it's original box with papers, made only from 1949 to about 1952. I have had this consignment lure in my possession for months now, but just now getting a chance to research it a bit more, after seeing one sell Without the box for just shy of $1000 back in May of this year. When I started trying to find out more information online, I was led to The Encyclopedia of Old Fishing Lures by Bob and Tess Sladen, with a copyright of 2010-2011. Excerpts from this book showed this Rare Muskie Duc Lure was actually invented in 1949 by William James of Chicago, and he received the patent number in 1954, then he assigned the manufacturing rights to The Byler Corporation.
It also stated that there were 4 known colors for the paint finishes on these little ducks that have become so rare. This one is green yellow and red with silver and black oval painted eyes. All of the colors, including this one, had 3 wavy white lines on their bellies. Just as the book describes, this one has "crazy crawler" like aluminum side wings, a large belly treble, and 2 oval spinners for the duck's feet. The spinners are stamped No. 3 Hilderbrand. It is packaged in a two piece tan colored cardboard box, and although a little hard to read, on the top it says "MUSKIE-DUC...The Byler Corporation...602 Green Bay Road, Kenilworth, Illinois. In a marker on the side, someone had written "Yellow" to show which lure was inside. All this information was just as it said in the Encyclopedia of Old Fishing Lures, found on page 269. When I first looked up the town, I learned that Kenilworth is about 15 miles from downtown Chicago.
It gets even better when you see the exact paper mentioned in the same book that starts out, "Your Muskie-Duc was designed by a dyed-in-the-wool fisherman who has caught many muskies, and is a startling innovation in artificial lures." Even in 2010-2011, it stated that "Boxed Byler Muskie-Duc, with papers trade $550-650. Lures alone trade $450-500, although those were the trade values that I was used to 25 years ago. To be honest, I have not seen one traded in nearly that long, so I don't know what the current trade value might be." These were all excerpts from the book that was being offered on Amazon, in case you want to read it for yourself online.
This large wooden colorful duck is 3 3/4" long. You may see these advertised as Musky Ducks(and there are some lures spelled that way) but the correct spelling found on This particular box is "Muskie-Duc." If you have a wonderful collection of sophisticated Fishing Lures, but you don't have this RARE Muskie-Duc, you will certainly want to think about adding it to your list of desired collectibles! I do not fish, so I certainly had to do some research to find out just how rare this duck really is! You will not be disappointed to own this one!
I am selling this for a friend in Southern Illinois who is also an antique dealer, and he's always on the lookout for extra special items that folks might like, and he was thrilled for this find! All offers will have to be approved by him, but don't be shy about making reasonable offers. I tried to see what a comparable lure had sold for several months back, but couldn't see where any had sold, until today, when I saw the one that sold for $994.95 back in May, and there was no box nor papers with it. This is a winner!
I am always happy to combine purchases to save you on shipping, so please be sure to let me know if you are interested in other items I have listed. It will be shipped Priority Mail whether sold in the US or Internationally, so that the box may be tracked and insured. First Class International Shipping does not have tracking or insurance, and I certainly want to know that it arrived safely in your hands. I use plenty of bubble wrap, shrink wrap and packing peanuts to make sure all items arrive as sent.
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