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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 Wicker Fly Fishing Creel - Leather Trim and Complete Strap

Large Antique Trout Fishing Creel Basket 19th Century Vintage

Vintage Wicker Fishing Creel With Leather Shoulder Strap

Vintage Enwell E-Z Clean Fishing Creel - NWT

L L Bean Fishing Creel - Wicker / w Leather Harness VGC Free S/H

Vintage Wicker Trout Creel Basket - Unusual Smaller Size w Bob-Bet bait box

Vintage Small Fishing Creel Old Fish Wicker Basket Anglers Trout Mini Tiny Cage

Vintage Canvas Creel Bag Fishing “Little Joe” Eskimo DeLuxe

Creel Wicker Fish Basket Vintage Fishermans Traps Willow W/ Strap Pouch Fishing

Antique Fishing Creel With Shoulder Strap Wicker & Leather

1881 Abbey & Imbrie Novel Fish Basket Creel Scientific American Antique

Willow Basket with Shoulder Strap and Hand Carry Handle

VINTAGE 1940s FLY FISHING WILLOW WICKER FISHING CREEL BASKET, DECOR WALL HANGING

Antique Square Wicker Fishing Creel Basket Old Vintage Trout Fish Anglers Cage

Antique Fishing Creel Made in British Hong Kong

Vintage 12" High Wicker Creel w/ Rope Handles

Vintage Creel Fishing Basket

BEAUTIFUL vintage SAMPY FISH CREEL superb fishing equipment A+ CONDITION

Older Wicker Reed Sports Fishing Basket Creel-Wood Fish-Stamped Fish Band-Cloth

Vintage Wicker Woven Basket & Leather Fishing Creel w/ Front Pocket & Strap

Antique Vintage Creel

Vintage Antique Fishing Creel Basket Fisherman Trout & Fly Fishing ~ BELGIUM

Vintage Fly Fishing Creel / Leather / Wicker Basket With Leather Strap

Old Creel Fishing Basket Trout Fly Wicker, Canvas & Leather w/ Shoulder Strap

Antique Vintage Fresh Water Basket Weave Fishing Creel

FISHSACK Big Fish Backpack Creel

Vintage Leather & Nylon Fishing Creel Harness NOS

Vintage Fishing Creel Wicker Woven Basket Leather Straps Unbranded

Vintage antique Fishing Creel Japanese basket woven reed

FABULOUS ANTIQUE VTG FISHING EQUIPMENT LOT! CREEL, NET, BOBBERS, FISH, DISPLAY 6

Vintage Wicker Fishing Creel, Leather Strap, Naugahyde Front Pouch & Trim

VINTAGE WICKER FISH BASKET / FISHING CREEL WITH HANDLE AND STRAP

LARGE,Vintage Wicker Creel Fishing Basket ,EXCELLENT CONDITION

Vintage Fly Fishing Creel Leather Wicker Basket With Leather Strap

OLD VTG ANTIQUE WICKER HUNTING FISHING GATHERING BASKET BACKPACK SPORTSMAN CREEL

Vintage Metal (galv. or tin ? ) Creel/Bait Bucket Oblong Hinged Lid

Antique brown fishing creel, used for decorating 

Vintage Split Willow Wicker Leather Fishing Creel Trout Basket

Vintage Wicker Fly Fishing Trout Creel Basket with Leather Strap, Hinges, Buckle

Wicker Fish Basket Vintage Fishermans Traps Willow W/ Strap Pouch Fishing Holder

Wicker Fish Basket Vintage Fishermans Traps Willow W/ Strap Pouch Fishing Holder

Willow Creel with Web Strap

VTG JAPANESE FISHING FISH BASKET CREEL TRAP

Vintage Child Wicker Fishing Basket with Strap & painted wooden Fish

Creel Basket 19” X 13 1/2”

Early Wicker Leather Fly Fishing Trout Fish Creel Basket Pouch Fishing Tool

LARGE WICKER FLY FISHING FISH BASKET W/ PAINTED RAINBOW TROUT Bass Tag

Decorative Wicker Fishing Creel w/2 Wooden Carved Fish

Vintage Fishing Creel Wicker With Leather Strap

Vintage Fishing Wicker Creel With Leather Strap



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