Two Trout Creels

Two small trout creels, priced individually.
 
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; $220)
 
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: $155)
 
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Two Trout Creels
 
Two Trout Creels

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