This Clark creel was made between 1900 and 1910, making it over 100 years old. Clark made creels from the 1880s to the mid 1920s. This is a split wicker creel with tooled cowhide leather. The creel is a #5 and has square and arrow shaped tooling along the front and top. As well as inch measurements along the hinge. It has the trademark Clark cross stitch in a square to stitch the strap down and the horizontal leather piece to secure the strap when using the buckle.
This creel came from the great Daryl Whitehead collection that was the inspiration for the book, The Art of the Creel. Tho not the same creel, the same model is featured in the Clark creel chapter, chapter 6, on page 94. It’s in magnificent condition, the basket has no breaks and all the stitching is intact. The creel has some small leather repair by Freeman Mariner. Daryl Whitehead and Freeman Mariner are featured in chapter 14 in The Art of the Creel. A copy of the book will be included with this creel.
Measures 12 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ x 6 3/4″