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 13 Inch Wicker Fishing Creel Made in British Hong Kong Buy Now »
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Classic Wicker Fishing Creel 13.5" Buy Now »
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Vintage Antique Fishing Creel Wicker Fisherman Basket with Fish Shaped Latch Bid Now » Buy Now »

Vintage Antique Fishing Creel Wicker Fisherman Basket with Fish Shaped Latch

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Antique Willow Fishing Creel 13 1/2 Inches Wide Buy Now »
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Custom Made Nelson Fishing Creel Buy Now »

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Bristish Hong Kong Woven Wicker  Leather Fishing Creel w/ Pouch and Strap Buy Now »

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

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VTG ANTIQUE FLY FISHING CREEL WICKER SPLIT WILLOW REED LEATHER BRITISH HONG KONG Buy Now »

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Vintage Wicker Woven Creel Fly Fishing Basket Top on Sliding Rope 12"x8" Buy Now »
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FISHSACK Big Fish Backpack Creel Buy Now »

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Vintage Wicker Fishing Creel Basket 14x7x6 inches. Excellent Buy Now »

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Vintage Fishing Creel ~ Pennsylvania Estate Find Buy Now »

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MagiDeal Fish Basket Wicker Vintage Fisherman Traps Cage w/ Adjustable Strap Buy Now »
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Old 1920s Antique Leather Split Willow Fishing Creel Basket Pocketed  + Bonus Bid Now »

Old 1920s Antique Leather Split Willow Fishing Creel Basket Pocketed + Bonus

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Vintage Trout Flax The Arctic Creel Buy Now »

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2x Wicker Fish Basket Fishing Creel Trout Perch Cage Tackle Box Home Decoration Buy Now »
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Antique Wicker Fishing Creel Basket With 2 Antique Fishing Lures Buy Now »

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EARLY SPLIT WILLOW JAPANESE CREEL Buy Now »

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Large Antique WICKER & LEATHER FLY FISHING CREEL Brass latch with strap Buy Now »

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VINTAGE ENGLISH WICKER FISHING BASKET CREEL RECTANGULAR SHAPE HANDMADE ENGLAND  Buy Now »

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VINTAGE, FRESH WATER, WOVEN ,REED, FISHERMAN'S CREEL Buy Now »

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 Antique Vintage Wicker Basket Medium Size with 2 Handles Buy Now »
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Vintage Mid to Late1800's Fishing Creel Buy Now »

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Vintage Fishing Wicker Creel Basket Weave w/Shoulder Strap beautiful  condition Bid Now » Buy Now »

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Vintage Wicker Fishing Creel Basket Cabin Beach Decor Display Buy Now »

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Asian Thai Beautiful Classic Collectible Wicker Bamboo Creel Fisherman Traps Po Buy Now »
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Vintage large footed Wicker Fish Creel Basket - w/ Leather Shoulder Strap Buy Now »

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Orvis Wicker Fishing Creel.Very Good condition.Lightly used. Buy Now »

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Antique Weaved Fishing Creel Old Antique Fish Cabin Décor Buy Now »

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Antique Pair Wicker Fishing Basket & 44" Richardson Chicago Fishing Net Buy Now »

Antique Pair Wicker Fishing Basket & 44" Richardson Chicago Fishing Net

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VINTAGE ANTIQUE FISHERMANS TROUT & FLY FISHING CREEL WICKER BASKET #2 Bid Now » Buy Now »

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15"1940's Antique Wicker Fish Creel Basket;Purse Shaped w/Part of Leather Strap Buy Now »

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