Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The American Snell Part VII: Buhl & Sons' Guardian Brand

The Buhl Brothers were legendary figures in Detroit's long and interesting history. The founders of Buhl & Dacharme in 1855, the company became a titan in the wholesale hardware word. It eventually became koan as Buhl, Sons & Co. in 1880, and was located after 1925 in the art deco Buhl Building in downtown Detrot.

The firm sold a ton of fishing tackle, the majority under two different names -- Wolverine and Guardian. You can find a lot of tackle from this firm, ranging from Shur Strike lures in Guardian Boxes to Wolverine brand line spools.

1918 Buhl Catalog trade minnows.

1930 Buhl Catalog Heddon rods.

Snells from Buhl are tough to find, and even harder to find in good condition. Below is a snell I picked up recently; note it is missing the bottom part. I own a half dozen of these snells, and every single one has fallen apart due to enormously acidic paper. Very few other snell packets I own have this problem to this degree. Maybe Buhl got a batch of bad paper in their orders. I only own one complete Guardian snell packet.

They are fun to add to a collection of Michigan or Shur Strike lures. To learn more about Buhl, Sons & Co., see my article "Algonacs and Tashmoos: The Reels of Buhl Sons Co. of Detroit" in the September 2009 Reel News.
-- Dr. Todd

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