Antique treen measurers - more than meets the eye

I have always liked these treen measurers they look like wooden mugs but look a little closer. These measurers were made from one piece of beechwood and all made from one piece including the handle and so must have been turned on a pole lathe as the recprocal movement was necessary to leave the handle projection to one side. They were used by customs and excise and/or chandlers for measuring corn These antique treen measurers were made in various sizes gill, quart, half pint, pint and were stamped on the inside or the outside of the antique measurer with the reigning king or queen of the period to verify the measure- this gives us an approximate date for the treen measurer, as the design di

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We first became involved in Antique Treen and furniture some twenty five years ago and since then a passion for Treen, small wooden snuff boxes and decorative wooden items has developed into Opus Antiques.

This web site shows only a  small selection of our current stock for sale, if you are looking for something you don't see, please contact us.


We are also interested in buying Antique Treen items. As well as using our Contact page, you can also email or telephone us on 07941 285532


The word Treen is derived from the word tree and is a term used to describe wooden household objects, all turned from one piece of wood e.g. a bowl, plate, gingerbread mould, and spoons, always having a function.

Nowadays when we talk about Antique Treen it tends to cover all small wooden items including antique snuff boxes, candle stands, spice towers, etc. often made from several pieces of turned wood.


When a piece of wood has been painstakingly turned or carved, handled, polished and loved over a few hundred years old, it can develop a wonderful colour and patina and becomes an irresistible piece of Antique Treen.

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