So, why do I refer to this tackle treasure as the #5? Because the #5, the serial number, is stamped on it in three places: on the lid, the latch and the side. I have been lucky enough to have seen three or four others in my 38 years of tackle collecting and the one with the highest serial number was #32. Given that, I’d imagine Balbo made these for friends and not production (sale).
Felix Balbo was born on the 7th of January, 1918 and died on May 8th., 2000 at the age of 82. Balbo was a native of New York City and lived in Queens Village. By trade Balbo was a silversmith with a shop in New York City. He served in the Navy during World War II and once retired moved to Stuart, Florida, with his wife of 41 years, Norma.
- The #5, Open And Ready For Use
- Note The #5 Stamped In Two Places: The Top And The Side
The information above was originally published in the Fall 1990 issue of Fishing Collectibles Magazine. Since that time I had not seen another example of Balbo’s bottle …until I recently came across the one pictured below …
Number ONE !
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