John E. Jackson Patent
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There is not a lot known about E. G.
Chalkley's call making business. He
started producing these Push/Pull turkey
calls after obtaining the patent rights
from John E. Jackson, a fellow Richmond,
Virginia native. John E. Jackson had
produced a few of the calls under his
name and those calls are extremely scarce.
Interestingly, the Jackson call was
stamped on the side "Duck Call,
Goose Call, Turkey Call, Partridge Call".
Chalkley always just considered his
call making business a hobby. His career
as a sporting goods manufacturer's representative
allowed him to easily distribute the
calls to dealers, eliminating the need
to advertise. All of his calls were
sold by word-of-mouth. Besides his turkey
calls, he produced a complete line of
calls including his famous Crow Call
and Duck, Hawk and Goose calls. The
Chalkley calls were produced through
his death in 1937. These first calls
had the Richmond, Virginia address and
the patent number on the label.
After E. G. Chalkley died, his son,
Milton, took all of the remaining stock
of call parts back to his home in Suffolk,
VA where his wife, Nina, began assembling
the calls. She was largely responsible
for continuing production of the calls
up until 1988. The early Suffolk calls
had the patent number stamped on them.
Nina was a musician and had the ear
for making and tuning calls. Milton
was a jobber of wholesale fishing and
hunting equipment throughout the entire
south so advertising was not necessary.
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These first calls
were produced by Mr. Chalkley
in his basement in Richmond, Virginia.
It is unknown exactly when he
started producing this call after
he obtained the patent rights
from John Jackson. These calls
were produced from pine, mahogany
and maybe poplar.
Calls with the
Richmond address are very scarce
and even more collectable than
the Suffolk calls.
1937 - 1988
After E. G. Chalkley's
death, his son Milton took the
remaining stock of call parts
to his home where Milton's wife,
Nina, took over the assembly,
tuning and distribution of the