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Mid-Century Distressed Green Metal Tackle Box "There's a Story in Every Ding"

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It was a warm summer's morning in 1955, the rising sun just beginning to paint the surface of Lemming Lake. Old Al was still nursing a cup of coffee as he loaded his fishing gear into the boat. The smell of outboard motor fuel mixed with that of the coffee--the marriage of the two triggered all of Al's fishing senses. This was going to be the day he would catch the elusive "Big Guy" of Lemming Lake, he thought to himself. The "Big Guy" was the enormous largemouth bass that had become legend in these parts and it had become Al's personal Mobey Dick after having hooked the beast on several occasions only to lose him at the last second.

Al pulled out of the marina and headed to Beggar's Point where he had his last encounter with the elusive fish. He anchored the boat about one hundred feet off the shore and reached into his trusty tackle box for his favorite lure. He made a long cast toward a partially submerged log he knew was the big bass' preferred hunting spot. After a half an hour of luckless casting, Al decided he'd take a brief break and finish off the coffee in his thermos. He placed his rod down with the tip and lure hanging out over the side of the boat. As Al poured his coffee, he heard a rush of water and lifted his head just in time to see the mouth of a giant bass grab the lure and return to the water, dragging his rod toward the edge of the boat. Al, unable to reach the fleeting rod, kicked his tackle box toward it. The box sprung open and landed upside down, wedging the rod against the side of the boat and giving Al a chance to grab it before it was lost over the side. He released the line to allow the fish some dive time, adjusted his drag and then began the fish fight of his life. An hour later Al was surrounded by a crowd of envious anglers as they gawked at the mighty beast of Lemming Lake.

Al is no longer with us but his legendary tackle box is available for you to buy. This old green metal box has definitely been around the lake a time of two. It is 14" (36cm) long, 7" (18cm) wide and 4" (10cm) tall with single front latch, carrying handle and one shelf inside. There's an embossed ruler on the top of the lid (for measuring your fish). We found no manufacturer's marks on this piece but we are dating it to the 1950's. Would make a nice display piece for a lodge, cabin or cottage decor.

This is a well-used metal box with a nice patina of surface rust and dings and dents. The lid shuts and the latch works. There are a couple of holes in the top of the lid near the handle--may have been rivet holes for an emblem. There's also two holes in the sides where it looks like hinges were once attached for the inside shelf. Without the hinges the inside shelf now floats up and down with the lid. The lid swings all the way open and flat to the other side. The interior is fairly clean--the paint finish inside is worn off and there is some light surface rust but no rust-through or major pitting. The interior shelf is dented

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Mid-Century Distressed Green Metal Tackle Box "There's a Story in Every Ding"