- Two small trout creels,
- The first one, shown on the
left, is quite early and quite probably Native American made.
The body appears to be wicker, but I think it is more likely
willow or wild grapevine and the binding and latch strap are
fashioned from birch bark secured with fine stitching and rawhide
wrapping around the rim. It may date to the early 20th century.
10" W x 8' H (at back) x 7 ¾" deep. (BL-15;
- The creel on the right is
much later, probably dating to the 3rd quarter of the 20th century.
The body is wicker. What sets this one apart from most other
wicker creels of that period is the neat medallion on the lid
featuring a nicely carved trout. The owner was probably a serious
trout fisherman, although the creel doesn't appear to have seen
much use. Perhaps it was a gift and the owner chose to keep it
for display lest it get beaten up on the stream. It makes a nice
decoration. Apprx. 9 1/2" H (at back) x 13" W (at base)
x 9 1/2" deep (at top) x 7"deep (at base) (BT-21:
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