Vintage Fishing Creels

Creels have a long history, with references to fishermen's creels beginning in the 17th century with Robert Venable's creel shown in The Experienced Angler in 1661. Some of the earliest English creels from that time were solid copper, but the more familiar recent creels valued by collectors are woven baskets with leather hinges and reinforcements. Antique British creels from makers such as McPhearson, Hardy, and Farlow are highly prized by modern collectors.

Creels were made of wicker, split willow, birch bark, and bamboo. Some of the baskets were woven by Native American tribes such as the Pima, others by Shakers and a handful of notable American basket makers including Nick Mousel of Yakima, Washington. Most of the baskets sought by collectors were actually made in Japan or China, imported to Oregon, and finished by leatherers such as George Lawrence Co., W.H. McMonies & Co., John Clark Saddelry, E.P. Peters Co., and many other lesser known leather shops.

Though the most popular are leather and woven pot bellied basket type creels, collectors are also interested in mid 20th century creels woven in checkerboard fashion from aluminum splints, and in creels like the canvas "Bur Tex" model with a sewn in screen bottom. Any of them can add to fishing decor or bring depth and character to an antique fishing diorama. Shop here to find vintage creels of all kinds on sale, with new opportunities to buy rare, old creels appearing every day.
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Vintage Collis 20th Century Ventilated Fish Bag Old Cloth Fishing Creel Buy Now »
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Vintage Collis 20th Century Ventilated Fish Bag Old Cloth Fishing Creel

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Vintage Trout Fishing Creel, 16"  x 9" x 7" Average condition Buy Now »

Vintage Trout Fishing Creel, 16" x 9" x 7" Average condition

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Vintage Early Wicker Fishing Creel with Original Adjustable Canvas Strap! Buy Now »

Vintage Early Wicker Fishing Creel with Original Adjustable Canvas Strap!

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Antique Vintage European Seated Fishing Tackle Creel Wood and Wicker Bid Now »

Antique Vintage European Seated Fishing Tackle Creel Wood and Wicker

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Fishing Creel

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Vintage Wicker Fly Fishing Creel Basket With 38 Old Lures ++++ Bid Now »

Vintage Wicker Fly Fishing Creel Basket With 38 Old Lures ++++

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Antique-Vintage Wicker Fishing Creel Canvas Creel Net Bid Now »

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Vintage 'Taca' Brand Split Willow Wicker Leather Fishing Creel Basket Occ.Japan Bid Now »

Vintage 'Taca' Brand Split Willow Wicker Leather Fishing Creel Basket Occ.Japan

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Vintage Early Wicker Fishing Creel with Handle in the Back! NO ISSUES!! Buy Now »

Vintage Early Wicker Fishing Creel with Handle in the Back! NO ISSUES!!

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L.L Bean Wicker Fishing Creel/Fish Basket With Leather Harness Strap Vtg Bid Now »

L.L Bean Wicker Fishing Creel/Fish Basket With Leather Harness Strap Vtg

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Vintage Willow  Fishing Creel/Basket All seems Intact Nice! Buy Now »

Vintage Willow Fishing Creel/Basket All seems Intact Nice!

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Vintage Collapsible Wire Mesh Fish Basket Creel Spring Door Buy Now »

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Creel Leather Harness - Fly Fishing Buy Now »

Creel Leather Harness - Fly Fishing

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fishing creel split willow flat weave basket leather antique original Buy Now »

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1881 Abbey & Imbrie Novel Fish Basket Creel Scientific American Antique Buy Now »
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Vintage American Hand Woven Fishing Creel. Dark Tone Fishing Basket. Bid Now »

Vintage American Hand Woven Fishing Creel. Dark Tone Fishing Basket.

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Vintage Wicker Picnic Creel Basket Buy Now »

Vintage Wicker Picnic Creel Basket

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Antique Fishing Creel Buy Now »

Antique Fishing Creel

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Vintage  Fishing Creel Made of Wicker with Light Brown Leather Buy Now »

Vintage Fishing Creel Made of Wicker with Light Brown Leather

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antique trout fishing creel whole reed construct leather trims Orvis tradition Buy Now »

antique trout fishing creel whole reed construct leather trims Orvis tradition

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Fishing Mini Creel Watch Angel Fly Fish Rod Wicker Ice Fishing Gear Reel Lure Buy Now »

Fishing Mini Creel Watch Angel Fly Fish Rod Wicker Ice Fishing Gear Reel Lure

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Old Vintage Wicker Fly Fishing  Creel w/ Nice Vintage Strap,tight Weave Bid Now »

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Vintage Tightly Woven Split Willow Fishing Creel Basket Embossed Ruler Sheath Bid Now » Buy Now »

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Vtg Wicker Basket Fishing Creel Leather Strap Maker? Livingston Manor NY Estate Bid Now »
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Vtg Wicker Basket Fishing Creel Leather Strap Maker? Livingston Manor NY Estate

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Creel Leather Harness - Fly Fishing Bid Now »
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Antique Vintage Woven Wicker Creel Fishing Basket Embossed Fish Latch Buy Now »

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Vintage Fishing Creel Leather & Wicker Basket ~Free Shipping 56209~ Buy Now »

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Vintage woven Fishing Basket w/ 3 vintage wooden Bobbers Bid Now »

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Beautiful Vintage WICKER FISHING CREEL Lots Of LEATHER NICE! Bid Now »

Beautiful Vintage WICKER FISHING CREEL Lots Of LEATHER NICE!

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Vintage Wicker Creel Fishing Style Basket Buy Now »

Vintage Wicker Creel Fishing Style Basket

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Vintage Wicker & Leather Fly Fishing Trout Fish Creel Basket Pouch Fishing Buy Now »

Vintage Wicker & Leather Fly Fishing Trout Fish Creel Basket Pouch Fishing

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VINTAGE WICKER FISHING CREEL BASKET 17'' x 7'' x 7''  WITH STURDY STRAP Buy Now »

VINTAGE WICKER FISHING CREEL BASKET 17'' x 7'' x 7'' WITH STURDY STRAP

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Vintage Japanese Wicker and Leather Fishing Creel Bid Now »

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Vintage Fishing CREEL Wicker and Leather Bid Now »

Vintage Fishing CREEL Wicker and Leather

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Willow Creel Wicker Fly Fishing Basket Hand Bag Cabin Decor Salix Alba Retro Buy Now »
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Willow Creel Wicker Fly Fishing Basket Hand Bag Cabin Decor Salix Alba Retro

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Vintage Original Wicker & Leather Fishing Creel, Trout, Fly Fishing, Nice, #2 Buy Now »

Vintage Original Wicker & Leather Fishing Creel, Trout, Fly Fishing, Nice, #2

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FISHSACK Big Fish Backpack Creel Buy Now »

FISHSACK Big Fish Backpack Creel

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Willow Fishing Creel by Ed Cummings - c.1940 Bid Now »

Willow Fishing Creel by Ed Cummings - c.1940

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ANTIQUE FISHING CREEL WITH LEATHER TRIM AND RULER ON TOP Buy Now »

ANTIQUE FISHING CREEL WITH LEATHER TRIM AND RULER ON TOP

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Vintage Wicker Basket & Leather Fishing Creel With Handle + leather pole holder Buy Now »

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Antique Wicker Fishing Creel with Leather Straps Bid Now »

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CUSTOM VINTAGE WICKER AND LEATHER FISHING BASKET Bid Now »

CUSTOM VINTAGE WICKER AND LEATHER FISHING BASKET

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CUSTOMIZED VINTAGE WICKER AND LEATHER FISHING BASKET Bid Now »

CUSTOMIZED VINTAGE WICKER AND LEATHER FISHING BASKET

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vintage wicker fish creel Buy Now »
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vintage wicker fish creel

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Vintage Willow Fishing Creel Basket Antique Leather Fishhead Strap Buckle Buy Now »

Vintage Willow Fishing Creel Basket Antique Leather Fishhead Strap Buckle

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Vintage Wicker Creel Fishing Basket Bid Now » Buy Now »

Vintage Wicker Creel Fishing Basket

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Vintage Antique Fishing Creel Basket Sports Collectible Early Old Wood Primitive Buy Now »

Vintage Antique Fishing Creel Basket Sports Collectible Early Old Wood Primitive

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Large Vintage Wicker and Wood Fishing Creel Basket Nice Condition Finely Crafted Buy Now »

Large Vintage Wicker and Wood Fishing Creel Basket Nice Condition Finely Crafted

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FISHING CREEL WHOLE REED BASKET WITH STRAPS Buy Now »

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