A fine 19th century heavily stitched leather pot bellied creel with belt loop and white painted interior
Lot 135
A fine 19th century heavily stitched leather pot bellied creel with belt loop and white painted interior
Sold for £12,000 (US$ 19,608) inc. premium

Lot Details
A fine 19th century heavily stitched leather pot bellied creel with belt loop and white painted interior
the brass hinged leather lid embossed with a sun burst pattern, fitted with brass hasp and semi-circular brass plaque engraved with a previous owners details: W. Randell Aysgarth Yorkshire. The main body fitted with five brass plaques dated 1890-94 with details of trout and grayling caught in the respective years and a decorative shaped brass latch, one nut replaced on hasp.
Height 17cm x top 23cm wide to base 32cm approx.

Footnotes

  • Research to date has revealed that William Randell was born Bideford, Devon 1855, educated in Brighton, a boarding school for the deaf and dumb where his future wife, Edith White was also a pupil. The census of 1891 declares William, 36, Edith 34, three children and 5 staff living by own means at Hestholme, a house very close to the river Yore (Ure) between Aysgarth and Swinithwaite, Yorkshire. He died 1905. Thanks are expressed to the Upper Dales Family History Society for their assistance with research. The current owner of this fine leather creel bought it as a young lad, aged 10 in 1951, in a summer fete in the Rutland area with the money (20 shillings = £1.00 pre-decimalization) he had just won for collecting the most "cabbage white" butterflies (a popular practice in English villages). His father kept it on has behalf until nearing the end of his life in 1970, when he reminded the owner of the story and returned the creel to him.
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