Branford House Antiques
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Vintage Minnow Buckets & Minnow Traps

Minnow buckets are important to keep one's bait alive and frisky. There were and are all kinds of devices to that. Some buckets are meant to have the inner portion float while partially submerged in the lake or stream while the wave or current action helps to keep required oxygen flowing through the water. Other devices have various technologies to pump additional oxygen into the bucket. The colored buckets, especially green painted ones, tend to have more value than the plain galvanized metal ones and the more the graphics the better.


Antique Oval Minnow Bucket

How is this for a true antique or vintage oval minnow bucket? It is about 17 inches ide, 10.5 inches high and 7 inches deep. The top bucket cover does open and close OK but the locking latch is missing. It does have a little surface tarnish and it could use a good cleaning.

$150.00

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Orvis Glass Minnow Trap

This glass minnow trap is marked in raised letters: "C.F. Orvis, Manchester, VT". It is dates to the mid century and somewhere in the 1940 to 1960 time frame. It wasn't used very much but does have a little tarnish on the metal lid. It doesn't easily screw off and I didn't want to force it. One would put pieces of bread or other bait into the jar, close the lid and anchor it in a running stream or river. The minnows would swim in the back way to get at the bait and then would be trapped inside to become bait themselves for larger fish.

$135.00

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Indus Bait Cooler

We are estimating that this Indus Bait Cooler by the Indus Corporation of Indianapolis, Indiana is from the early 1950s. It is approximately 7 inches high with a 7 inch diameter. The interior is aluminum with the exterior being sheet metal. A very unusual and interesting bait can. It could probably be used to efficiently keep your lunch cold or warm as desired.

$85.00

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Antique Black Minnow Bucket

This antique minnow bucket dates to the 1st half of the 20th century. It is in a great black color and still has it original insert. The inner bucket is designed to be submerged in the body of water (lake, stream, river, etc) which allows water and oxygen to flow through the bucket an thus keeps the minnows alive and healthy. The bucket and insert do have some surface tarnish but are sound and the bucket will hold water. The bucket is approximately 9.5 inches in diameter and is about 9 inches high.

$125.00

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