Creel Fishing Basket 1930s, Shoulder-Strap Leather Trim, Made In Japan

  • $139.99 CAD

Creel Fishing Basket 1930s, Woven Split Willow, Leather Trim. Front Closing Strap and Buckle, Shoulder-Carrying Strap, 15" across Its Bottom, 8" across The Rear Top Of The Lid, Amber Finish & Dark Brown Leather Trim, Handwoven In Japan where Most Of all Creel Baskets Came From For The American Market. This Includes The Creel Baskets Used By The Famous Oregon Creel Makers Who Imported The Baskets From The Far East and Then applied Their Saddle Leather with Nice Tooling Designs!


A creel is a woven basket that was used to hold fish in while a fisherman was out on the banks of a river or more specifically while wading in the stream or small river.  Some even had either single or double pockets attached to the front that could carry fly wallets and spare leaders leaving the original space in the basket to carry fish. To preserve the trout population, “catch and release” came into fashion and the fishing creel is no longer utilized to hold fish so it has now become treasured for its artistic appeal. Webster traces the word “Creel” or “a wickerwork receptacle” to Middle English and dates it from about 1250 A.D. to 1450 A.D.

In the late 17th century creels made entirely of leather came into fashion.  Later in the late 1800s, willow and wicker creels started to show up with leather applied to them, which was used to help reinforce them. At this time, the majority of the Creels were being manufactured in Japan along with China and Korea and imported into the United States.

One of the most important leather creels was the George Lawrence Company headquartered in Portland, Oregon. W. H. McMonies & Company, John Clark Saddlery Company, E. P. Peters Company, Joseph Schnell, K. G. McKeeman (Kenns), Frisbee and A. E. Nelson Leather Company were other leathers that have produced exceptional leathered Creels, which have become highly collectable.

Item Code - MIS1B229HAE

Width: 15"  Height: 8"  Depth: 8"  Weight: 608 g

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