The King Snipe was advertised in 1951. I believe they started production in 1950 or 1951. The King Snipes shown below are from the period of 1950 – 1955. King Snipes were produced until the 1990’s.
The first two lures were probable from the very first year’s production run. The first one is in the old color – White with Red Ribs and a Mustard Eye. The only other one I have ever seen in this color is in Jack Smithwick’s personal tackle box at Bacon’s Tackle in Shreveport, LA. The second King Snipe is in the color Silver Flash with the mustard eye. I have only seen one other King Snipe with a mustard eye, other than the White/Red color, and that is the one in the color Shad that is hanging on the wall in the Smithwick collection at The Bass Pro Shop in Bossier City, LA. I don’t think the mustard eye was used beyond 1950-1951.
The third lure is the color Silver Flash but with the standard Smithwick eye. The forth one is perhaps the color Chinkapin Bream . Then the next one is the color Frog. The last one is a clear cedar color and has a notched nose. All of these Snipes have the heavy hook hanger which was changed to a smaller hanger in about 1955. These were produced between 1949-1955