|Kingfisher Silk Lines display c 1915|
Elisha J. Martin of Rockville, Connecticut was the original creator of the now famous Kingfisher brand of silk fishing lines.
In 1882, he was in the business of making braided eye-glass cords. After making a few braided fishing lines for his friends he began his silk fishing line business in 1884.
Following the death of E. J. Martin in 1899, the business name was changed to E. J. Martin's Sons when his three sons took over the firm.
The E. J. Martin's Sons firm continued in business until it was eventually sold to the Horton Manufacturing Company of Bristol, Connecticut in 1919.
The E. J. Martin's Sons' specialties were raw and finished silk lines, variegated waterproof lines, mottled P. & S. lines, oiled silk lines, Potomac bass lines, extra quality trout lines, Italian trout and bass lines, bait casting lines, slickest casting lines, Italian casting lines, extra strength waterproof lines, enameled oil silk fly lines, russet enamel lines, mist color enamel lines, and highest quality enamel lines.
Throughout the 1920s and into the 1930s the Horton Manufacturing Company marketed Kingfisher fishing line along with their famous Bristol Steel Rods, and Meek Fishing Reels.
See previous posts to learn more about the Horton Manufacturing Company:
|A sample page from the 1920 Bristol Steel Rods catalog|
|1920s examples of Kingfisher Line and synthetic leader|
At some point during the 1930s depression years the Horton Manufacturing Company separated from the Kingfisher Brand, and by the 1950s they were selling Bristol Fishing Lines.
From 1906 into the late 1950s the Edward K. Tryon of Philadelphia was marketing Kingfisher brand of silk fishing lines along with a huge variety of other "Kingfisher" fishing tackle.
The Edw K. Tryon Company of Philadelphia held a Kingfisher trademark from before 1934 through at least 1945. My research has failed to find any legal agreement between the Edw K. Tryon Co. and either E.J. Martin's Sons or the Horton Mfg. Co.
The following are some sample pages from the 1939 Edward K. Tryon catalog:
Kingfisher Bass Flies
Kingfisher Silk Casting Lines
Kingfisher Fishing Reels
Kingfisher Cohantic Enameled Silk Fish Lines
Kingfisher Trout Flies
Kingfisher Trout Flies
Coming soon... 1913 booklet, "A FEW TIPS ON CASTING, FISHING AND THE SELECTION OF LINES" published by E. J. MARTIN'S SONS makers of THE "KINGFISHER" LINE