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CreelNetMount.jpgCreel, Net & Mount Display
An example of how to create an area displaying a Creel, Net and Mount combination. Click image to see an enlarged photo. Note: Items not for sale, display only.
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Ceramic Creel1950's GLAZED CERAMIC FISHING CREEL- RARE!
Beautiful glazed ceramic fish creel c. 1950's! Top lid is removable. Collect and display or use as a possible condiment holder. Measures approximately 7" across x 4" deep x 4" high. Please click on its image to see additional closeups!
SKU 19491Price $39.00
BKArtoftheCreel2.jpgART OF THE CREEL
Hugh Chatham and Dan McClain

"The Art of the Creel" is a photographic perspective on a wide variety of creels, their makers, their materials, and their artistic appeal. With more than 200 different creels photographed, this book provides a comprehensive look at all the major categories of creel as well as some very rare, one of a kind creels that are tucked away in private collections. The authors have also provided pertient information about the history and the makers of most of the creels. There is still much to learn about the subject and "The Art of the Creel" is as good place to start for anyone interested in fishing creels. (Note: There are no values given)

SKU ISBN # 0-9659172-7-4Price $49.95
Mini Metal CreelMINIATURE CAST METAL CREEL C.1939
This is a very old miniature cast metal creel with a catch of three fish within! It has a nice copper/bronze finish on the metal. This creel was first created in 1939 for the N.Y. Worlds Fair as a souvenir and became so popular that several versions were created to sell as souvenirs at the National Parks and other Historical or important sites. It measures approximately 3 wide x 3 1/2" deep x 3" high. It has had many different uses over the past 80+ years as a "paperweight", a dresser "what not", a ring holder, and an "angling artifacts". Please click on its image to see additional closeups!
SKU 19486Price $69.00
Fishing CreelED CUMMINGS FLINT,MI. WOVEN WICKER CREEL EX+!!
"ED CUMMINGS, INC.,was an organization of veteran anglers and wholesalers of tackle & equipment sold by "leading jobbers from coast to coast". Their catalog stated the creels were made in Michigan of Michigan willow, "shaped to fit the body and finished with spar varnish to prevent rotting". In 1938 they had four different creels available in several sizes. The sliding wood latch was typical detail on their creel as was the whole wicker willow. Measures approximately 16" across its bottom and 10" high at its back. Beautiful overall condition! No harness was found with this creel which were after market/separate purchases anyway. Nice addition to any creel collection or you can still use it! Rich copper color finish. Please click on its image to see additional closeups!
SKU 19017Price $119.00
Fishing Creel1920'S SPILT WILLOW CREEL/ALL FRENCH WEAVE W/HARNESS!
C. 1920's Split Willow Creel in tight french weave pattern! No damage, bottom spline of basket is perfect. Found with a leather strap/harness which is included. The closing fish head/leather strap is intact and working too. This vintage creel measures approximately 14" wide by 6" deep by 9" tall at the back side. It is this style of split willow creel that was imported by the famous Oregon Creel Makers to apply their artistic tooled leather to! Nice example of an early willow creel with no leather trim! Please click on its pictures to see additional closeups!
SKU 19475Price $139.00
Orvis CreelORVIS CENTER HOLE WICKER CREEL!
Scarce vintage fishing creel that was produced exclusively for the famous Sporting Goods Company in Vermont "Orvis". This whole wicker, center hole creel was in their 1950's catalog. It retains all its original wicker construction, lid hinges and front leather closing strap. The closing strap and its' buckle are still intack. This creel model can be seen in the collectors book "Art of the Creel" which we also sale. It measures approximately 14" across, 6 1/2" front to back and 8 1/2" high. It has a beautiful woven "overlap" top lid design with a turn of the century center hole configuration. Please click on its image for additional closeups!
SKU 19351Price $149.00
CreelTIGHT FRENCH WEAVE SPLIT WILLOW CREEL C.1920'S
Large 16" early French weave split willow creel in excellent condition! This is a fine example of the early creels imported to the United States Tackle Shops pre-leather trim. It is also an example of the tightly woven creels that the famous Oregon Creel makers imported and then dressed with their fancy tooled leather. This creel measures approximately 16" across its bottom and 10" high at its back! Makes a great addition to any collection or as a display artifact for cabin, lodge, or home. The lid closure is intact and there are leather hinges at rear of top. There was no harness found with it and the harness were after-market purchases if desired. Please click on its image to see additional closeups!
SKU 19304Price $149.00
CreelEARLY TIGHT FRENCH WEAVE SPLIT WILLOW CREEL EX+!
Tightly woven early French weave style split willow creel in excellent condition! This is a fine example of the early creels imported to the United States Tackle Shop pre-leather trim. It is also an example of the tightly woven creels that the famous Oregon Creel makers imported and then dressed with their fancy tooled leather. This creel measures approximately 13" across its bottom and 9" high at its back! Has nice original manufactures label on the bottom! Makes a great addition to any collection or as a display artifact for cabin, lodge, or home. The lid closure is intact and there are leather hinges at rear of top. There was no harness found with it and the harness were after-market purchases if desired. Please click on its image to see additional closeups!
SKU 19306Price $149.00
Pocketed #15 CreelSPLIT WILLOW POCKETED #15 CREEL W/LEATHER TRIM !
This is a 15" Split Willow Pocketed Creel with leather trim! C.1930's. Closing strap and handle still intact! The split willow weave is a nice example of the "tight French weave" baskets created early on. Beautiful amber/brown finish on the split willow contrasted by the dark leather. A leather harness was found with it and is included, however they were generally after market purchases depending on your own personal dimensions. Made in Japan for the American tackle shops and imported to the USA since the 1900's as were all the Oregon creel makers baskets that makers like G. Lawrence, Peters, & Nelson dressed with their high quality saddle leather and artful tooling & embossing. Please click on its image to see additional closeups
SKU 19476Price $159.00
Low Boy Creel with PocketSCARCE POCKETED "LO-BOY" SPLIT WILLOW CREEL W/LEATHER TRIM & HARNESS!
Scarce "Lo-Boy" Pocketed style Split Willow Fishing Creel! Original leather finish, original closing strap & buckle, and original rear carry handle! All parts intact ! The separate closing strap on the front accessory pocket is short but does effect its display. This creel is tightly woven and measures approximately 16" across its bottom, 6" high at front side, and 7" high at back side creating the low profile creel. Heavier quality leather then the normal pig skin leather. This creel is a late 1940's (after the war) and originally made in Japan where most all creels were produced for the American market since 1900 including the baskets that the famous Oregon Creel Makers used to leather too! It has a aftermarket leather harness that is included too (vintage Orvis marked new/old stock). This creel displays nicely as a wall hanger in home, lodge, cabin or ranch! The finish is a dark/brown color with great overall patina! Please click on the creels image for additional closeups!
SKU 19469Price $179.00
Fishing CreelLEATHER TRIMMED SPLIT WILLOW CREEL SCARCE #13 SMALLER SIZE!
Very nice 13" vintage tightly woven French weave split willow fishing creel with leather trim . This is a vintage Japanese creel produced for the American Tackle Shops since the early 1900's. These are the same split willow baskets purchased by the famous Oregon creel makers to trim in their quality saddle leather and tooling detail. This one is probably circa late 1930's. It was found with a harness which was an after market purchase. Willow has a nice patina and the saddle leather trim is very nice too. This creel displays beautifully and retains a rear carry handle, front closing strap and buckle! Just an outstanding wall hanger for home, cabin, or lodge in a smaller scarce size! Appears to be old new stock. Please click on its image for additional closeups!
SKU 19291Price $189.00
19006EXCELLENT CONDITION SPLIT WILLOW CREEL W/LEATHER TRIM!
Great vintage split willow fishing creel with leather trim. This creel retains its original rear carry handle, front closing strap and buckle! This creel measures 14" wide across its bottom. There is a 9" measure across the rear top of the lid. It has a wonderful orange/ brown finish. It is stamped on the bottom "#14" and was woven in Japan which is where most of all creel baskets came from for the American Tackle Shops. This includes the creel baskets used by the famous Oregon Creel makers who imported the baskets from the far east and then aplied their saddle leather with nice tooling designs! It has diagonal leather trim strips. The willow is tightly woven. A aftermarket additional leather shoulder harness was found with it. Please click on its image for additional closeups. Great one to collect or display!
SKU 19006Price $189.00
Creel, Fishing BasketLARGE 16" VINTAGE SPLIT WILLOW CREEL W/LEATHER TRIM & HARNESS!
Large vintage post war split willow creel with nice copper brown leather trim. Nice tight weave. Rear carry handle, front closing strap and buckle are all intact! This is a 16" wide creel across its bottom and is approximately 10" tall at its back side. It was found with a after market leather harness which is included. Great for cabin or lodge display or add it to your collection! Please click on its image to see additional closeups!
SKU 19444Price $189.00
CreelVINTAGE TIGHTLY WOVEN SPLIT WILLOW CREEL W/POCKET!
Excellent condition vintage split willow creel with leather trim and a front leather accessory pocket! This creel is 15" wide across its bottom. It has its original rear carry handle, front closing strap and buckle, and closing snaps on its pocket and all are in tack & working. There is an marked 9" measure along the back top edge of the lid. This creel has a rich patina on the leather and the split willow is excellent! Made originally in Japan for the American Tackle shops as were 98% of all creels since the early 1900's including the baskets that the famous Oregon Creel makers used to dress with their fancy tooled saddle leather. It was found with a beautiful embossed leather shoulder harness which was always a "after market" purchase. Nice addition to any collection or perfect to display in home, cabin, or lodge! Please click on its image to see additional closeups!
SKU 19295Price $198.00
Creel, Fishing BasketSPLIT WILLOW POCKETED CREEL TRIMMED IN LEATHER !
This is a 15" Split Willow Pocketed Creel with leather trim! C.1930's. Closing strap and handle still intact! The split willow weave is a nice example of the "tight French weave" baskets created early on. Beautiful copper/brown finish on the split willow contrasted by the dark leather. Looks like "new old stock". A harness was found with it however they were generally after market purchases depending on your own personal dimensions. Made in Japan for the American tackle shops and imported to the USA since the 1900's as were all the Oregon creel makers baskets that makers like G. Lawrence, Peters, & Nelson dressed with their high quality saddle leather and artful tooling & embossing. Please click on its image to see additional closeups.
SKU 19450Price $198.00
Creel, Fishing BasketSCARCE "OCCUPIED JAPAN" REMOVEABLE POCKETED SPLIT WILLOW CREEL/LEATHER TRIM!
Very nice removable pocketed split willow creel with dark leather trim. This creel retains its original closing strap & buckle, rear carry handle, and front snaps to close pocket. It also retains its four corner straps and buckles to add or remove the accessory pocket. It is approximately 15" across its bottom and is 9" tall at its back side. Embossed 9" measure across the rear of the lid on top. Rich orange/brown patina on the split willow!. It was found without a harness which was an after market purchase. This mid 40's creel is marked with part of its original label "Made in Occupational Japan", where most creels were made for the American Tackle Shops as were the baskets that the famous Oregon creel makers used to apply their award winning leather work! Nice display piece for cabin or lodge. or to collect. Please click on its image to see additional closeups!
SKU 19449Price $198.00
Camp CreelENGLISH "PANNIER" WICKER WOVEN CREEL/SEAT W/LEGS!
As the authors of the "Art of the Creel" point out on page 159 of their quite informative book is that nothing much has changed to these "Panniers" since the days of Issac Walton! The gillies (English fishing guides) used them to carry everything, including the large salmon caught by the fishing party! They usually were strong enough to sit on too! This one is in pretty nice shape and measures approximately 16" wide by 12" deep by 13 1/2" high. Rich brown wicker patina and this center hole basket has a heavy duty leather carry strap and a closing leather strap & metal buckle to secure the lid when carrying to a different location. This one is late 1880's to 1910 era. Please click on its image to see additional closeups!
SKU 19468Price $210.00
English Center Hole CreelLARGE FRENCH/ENGLISH WOVEN WICKER CENTER HOLE CREEL...BEAUTY!
This is a large 17" from bulbous corner to bulbous corner woven wicker center hole creel, probably from Belgium or England! We date this creel to the late 1890's. It has a very deep dark brown patina with natural highlights created at raised points from normal wear over the years. Creel is solid and closing braided wicker latch loop is intact! Four corner mini "pole" legs to help when placing basket on uneven ground surface. Widest depth (front to back) approximately 11" and the height approximately 12" at the rear. Small center hole probably more for air than fish access since the lid top was easily accessed and its top lifted up to drop your catch in. Those days were not like today's "catch & release"! Large original belt openings at each side of the back to allow carrying over the shoulder. Back then those additional leather straps were secondary purchases and did not come standard with these woven creels after all everyone was a different size lol ! Please click on its image to see additional closeups! This is just a great decor item for any mountain home, cabin, or lodge!
SKU 19474Price $225.00
Creel, WatermelonSCARCE "WATERMELLON" WOVEN CREEL W/FLAP EX++
Scarce woven creel in this particular condition and having cover flap on top. Described as a Eastern Woodland Creel we have known this styling as a "Watermelon" creel because of its shape. This nicely woven creel is 15" wide across its bottom and also across its top from rear dowel support at top back. At each back side there is a metal u-shape loop built-in to guide whatever harness or strap you may want to use to hand carry or wear over your shoulder. Creel stands approximately 9 1/2" high measured at the rear . This creel was finished with varnish to protect the willow from long term water damage and has created a great patina. Heavy duty line currently tied at back/top to display the creel if desired (easily removed). Super looking vintage fishing creel! Please click on its image to see additional closeups!i
SKU 19432Price $245.00
Creel A E Nelson15" TIGHTLY WOVEN SPLIT WILLOW CREEL BY A.E. NELSON, SALEM, ORE.
Very nice 15" Split Willow Creel by A.E. Nelson of Salem, Oregon originally. This creel is trimmed in quality saddle leather trim and embossed with their classic "chain" pattern! Stamped on its upper back side is "A.E. Nelson Leather Co. Salem Oregon" which makes this creel older then any found stamped "Scio Oregon". Nice patina with a copper/brown finish. The original rear carry handle, front closing strap & snap all intact! An after market leather harness was found with creel and is included. Beautifully leathered creel! Please click on its image to see additional closeups!
SKU 19356Price $795.00
George Lawrence Fishing CreelGEORGE LAWRENCE "TILLAMOOK" POCKETED SPLIT WILLOW CREEL W/LEATHER TRIM
Scarce leathered split willow creel by the George Lawrence Co. of Portland, Oregon. This was known as the "Tillamook" pocketed creel as seen on P.66 of the "Art of The Creel" book. On the back top is the Lawrence logo embossed into the leather and the #15 denoted the creels width in inches across the bottom (15 inches) and also meant it carried 25 lbs. of fish. Lawrence first introduced their fishing leathered creels in their 1923 catalog and took orders thru 1953 when they ended their creel production! This is a beautiful example of a famous style and was found with an original No. 6 tooled leather harness which was a separate purchase during those days and is being included with this "Tillamook" creel! Tough to find them like this anymore. Please click on its image to see additional closeups!
SKU 19465Price $898.00
A E Nelson Fishing CreelA.E. NELSON LEATHER CO. POCKETED SPLIT WILLOW FRENCH WEAVE CREEL W/LEATHER TRIM!
Heavy quality saddle leather used by A.E. Nelson Leather Co. to make one of their many high quality fishing creels with their "interlocking scallop pattern". Unlike some of their other early leather craftsmen A.E. Nelson did not start leathering creels to sale till just after WWII. A very nice example of this zipper pocketed creel can be seen on page. 108 of the "Art of The Creel". This creel measures approximately 16" across its bottom which means this creel was designed to carry up to 30 lbs. of fish. This creel is stamped as being made in Scio, Oregon. It was found with a beautiful factory harness which we are including! A really well made and tough creel to find in this condition anymore. They manufactured for Abercrombie & Fitch, Meir & Frank, and several prominent Sporting Goods shops around the country.
SKU 19464Price $898.00
MacMonies Fishing CreelMCMONIES POCKETED LEATHERED SPLIT WILLOW CREEL W/BUCKSTITCHING
McMonies was considered one of the finest harness and horse collar manufacture's during its years in Portland, Oregon. McMonies became known for its distinctive use of actual backstitching in lieu of thread stitching. Let us clear up one issue that has persisted thru the years.....McMonies is the correct spelling of the company and their leather products. MacMonies is incorrect but has been seen on their creels and other products of theirs. The company who made the metal cartouches misspelled the actual company name and so many were produced that McMonies went with the incorrect spelling feeling that they would use them up quickly! This creel is their classic "snake pattern", backstitched, pocketed model No. 5 / 60 (5 denotes the creels size of 15" across the bottom, and "60" designated the pocket model). This basket is made of tightly woven split willow in the tight French weave method. Includes a measure embossed across the top rear of the basket. All carry handles, closing straps, and buckles are original & intact. This creel was found with a harness which we are including (they were after market purchases originally). Very tough creel to find in this condition and this maker was considered to be in the top four in the Portland, Oregon area. Please click on its image to see additional images!
SKU 19466Price $899.00
George Lawrence RARE "RAINBOW" MODEL CREEL BY THE GEORGE LAWRENCE CO.
Very rare leathered creel by the George Lawrence Co. of Portland, Oregon known as their "Rainbow" model 304 with double front accessory pockets, half leathered top, and leather trim. The other feature is that this model was made from Cordovan leather (horse hide rather then cow hide). The Rainbow model had plenty of leather trim but no embossing! This No.304 was the starting size of the 3 sizes made (304, 305, & 306) and was 15" with a capacity of 25 lbs. It retains its original rear carry handle and front closing strap for the lid top. This creel has a shoulder harness and is in overall great condition! There are marks and nicks here & there but nothing that really takes away from displaying this creel as a highly prized piece of your collection! The closing strap is separated with both pieces still there. Could be fixed by a leather smith or shoe repair shop! Please click on its images to see additional closeups!
SKU 16423Price $900.00
Geiger Fishing Creel, Fishing Creel BasketSCARCE VINTAGE SPLIT WILLOW LEATHERED CREEL BY GEIGER!
This creel was handmade by Robert (Bob) Geiger, formerly from the state of Washington. Sadly Bob passed on May 28th, 2011. His creel is trimmed with heavy tanned hide leather, nicely tooled including a harness shoulder strap that he made for this specific creel. The creel is an early center hole basket in a tight French weave split willow. It is marked NO.3 and measures 14" across its bottom. Another unique feature in this creel is an accessory pocket that has been created in the interior with a closing snap! Geiger did all his tooling embellishments by hand as well as the sewing of all the leather to the creel. He has tooled an 9" ruler along the upper back lid top, and he tooled American Eagles at each end of the harness strap and on the backside of the creel. He has "056" stamped on the leather carry handle (serial number) and signed this spectacular creel with "Geiger, Maker, Tacoma-Seattle". The few creels that he produced during his retirement have become very collectable. He was an avid fisherman and spent many hours on Puget Sound. Bob was a self taught creel maker and over time studied how the early notable creel makers created their works of art. This was a 1900 center hole tightly woven (French Weave) split willow basket that Geiger eventually acquired and dressed with his leathering artistry! Please click on the creels image to see additional pictures & closeups!
SKU 19453Price $998.00
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