Branford House Antiques
A Historic 1850s Farmhouse on a Scenic Vermont Dairy Farm

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.

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.


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