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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1881 Abbey & Imbrie Novel Fish Basket Creel Scientific American Antique Buy Now »
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Fishing lure ornament, wooden in wicker basket.Can hang on rearview mirror. Buy Now »

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 CREEL BASKET Fishing Ornament~woven basket detail~Outside Inside~Christmas+ Buy Now »

CREEL BASKET Fishing Ornament ~ woven basket detail ~ Outside Inside ~ Christmas+

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Fishing Creel; Decorative itemĀ 

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1908 FISHING BURLINGTON HAWKEYE PICNIC BASKET IOWA SPORT ART VINTAGE AD  D74 Buy Now »

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Vintage 13 Inch Wicker Fishing Creel Made in British Hong Kong Buy Now »
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Tree Bark Wooden Fishing Creel Unbranded Wood Nice Rare Buy Now »
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Bristish Hong Kong Woven Wicker  Leather Fishing Creel w/ Pouch and Strap Buy Now »

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Antique WICKER & LEATHER FISHING CREEL Trout Fly Fish BASKET Bid Now » Buy Now »

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

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Vintage Fishing Leather Wicker Creel Basket Weave w/Shoulder Strap Antique Fly Buy Now »

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 Wicker Looking Fish Basket Vintage Fishermans  W/ Strap Pouch Fishing Bid Now » 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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Wicker Fish Basket Creel Cage Vintage Willow Fishing Case Fisherman Traps Buy Now »
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Vintage Wicker Fishing Creel Basket 14x7x6 inches. Excellent Buy Now »

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VINTAGE ARCTIC CREEL / FISH CREEL 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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Orvis Willow Wicker Woven Fishing Creel Basket with Leather Strap EXC Condition Buy Now »
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FABULOUS ANTIQUE VTG FISHING EQUIPMENT LOT! CREEL, NET, BOBBERS, FISH, DISPLAY 7 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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VINTAGE WICKER FISHING BASKET FOR CABIN, DECORATION, DISPLAY. Buy Now »

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

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Vintage wicker creel- no straps- VG condition Buy Now »

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

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