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9R or R - Mullet Scale or Natural Scale

COLOR NAME: Mullet Scale or Natural Scale
LURE(S) PICTURED: Vampire (7509R), Flipper (149R), River Runt Spook Midget (9019R)
DESCRIPTION: This color was first introduced by Heddon in 1924 as Mullet Scale. For unknown reasons, the name was changed to Natural Scale in 1927. The color almost always has Red around the eyes. When Heddon went to 2-piece hardware in approx 1934 the color tint of Natural Scale was changed from Brown to Green. It is unknown why this transition was made.

Vampire & Flipper: Dark brown body with solid brown ribs and white scales on sides. Dark brown spine and face with red around eyes. This is a fairly scarce color in any Heddon lure.

River Runt Spook: Dark green body with solid green ribs and white scales on sides. Dark green spine, red around eyes, gold eyes, silver scales on belly. Introduced for River Runt Spooks in 1936. Color code changed to "R" in 1946 and was last listed as a River Runt color in 1947 though examples have been found indicating the color was produced well into the 1960's.

Special thanks to Gabby Talkington for providing the history of this color and the pictures of the Vampire and Flipper!

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