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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.
Price $0.00
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
Orvis CreelORVIS CENTER HOLE CREEL C.1950 OVERLAP TOP!
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. A shoulder strap was found with the the creel and is included. Please click on its image for additional closeups!
SKU 19472Price $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
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
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
Creel Split Willow Pocketed LeatheredRARE GREEN SPLIT WILLOW CREEL W/LEATHER HARNESS, POCKET & TRIM!
This is a very unusual and rare split willow creel with a original green stain finish which was done to protect the creel from water damage. The leather trim is saddle quality leather as is the harness, and front accessory pocket. This creel displays really well or you could take it fishing still. The rear carry handle , front closing strap & buckle, and pocket closure are in-tack and all working. This creel measures approximately 13 3/4" wide at the bottom and 9" high at the back. The after market harness was found with the creel and is included!
SKU 19559Price $219.00
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
Turtle CreelILHAN NEW "TURTLE CREEL" W/ CARVED TURTLE LATCH & HARNESS
Excellent condition "Turtle Creel" by Ilhan New. It is a woven basket of whole wicker with dark fiber trim, a hand carved Turtle latch, woven loops for the harness straps and a wooden measure inset along the top back lid top measuring your catch to 9". These vintage reel baskets were imported from Korea and the wooden "Turtle" sliding latches were carved in the U.S.A. (Boulder, Colorado) and assembled and shipped from there to various shops around the country. Later in the 50's the company moved to Sacramento, Ca. and eventually closed their creel making. This creel is one of three styles the company created and the only version that was made in whole wicker (the others were split bamboo w/leather & no leather trim). This creel was found with an after market harness and is included (beautiful embossing on the strap). This creel measures approximately 14" across at the widest point and 8 1/4" high at the back side. This creel is shown on Page 111 of the "Art of The Creel" book!***Please click on its image to see additional closeups!
SKU 19598Price $479.00
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
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
George Lawrence Rainbow Creel #304RARE GEORGE LAWRENCE #304 RAINBOW CREEL
Rare George Lawrence "Rainbow" model #304 Creel. This is a double front pocketed creel with original Lawrence snaps, and factory signed Lawrence shoulder harness! Made especially in Cordovan leather (horsehide rather than cowhide). The 304 model was approximately 15" across the bottom and could carry 25 lbs. of fish. The closing lid strap is all there with the buckle intact as well! The metal oval cartouche with the Lawrence company name is on the front too. Display proudly or use.
SKU 17375Price $1,395.00
Ken Haggard CreelSPECTACULAR KEN HAGGARD BUCK-STITCHED DBL. POCKETED CREEL
This is beautiful creel having double leather pockets with just great tooling, and hardware. This split willow creel is nicely trimmed in saddle leather and Buck-stitched like the earlier McMonies creels. The creel maker was Ken Haggard and take a look at the leaping trout he tooled on the creels lid top! This is a large 15"-16" wide creel standing approximately 9 1/2" tall at the back side. There is a beautifully tooled leather harness with lambs wool backing made for this creel by Haggard which is included. There is also a 11" measure across the back of the lid top to verify your catch. Display this fishing creel proudly or still could be used.
SKU 18678Price $1,695.00
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