Antique treen gingerbread moulds and antique gingerbread recipes

When we think of gingerbread thoughts go to a yummy cake or even gingerbread men but it wasn't always like that. Ginger was originally used as a preservative for bread. During the 16th, 17th and 18th century gingerbread recipes were based on either a dense dough made from breadcrumbs or a ground almond paste mixed with spices etc rather than the use of flour. Gingerbreads could be gilded or red, the red colour coming from the red sandelwood tree. In fact the red colour was so popular in the 16th century that a guild of beaters actually existed to grind the red sandelwood to powder. Recipes from the 16th century for the dough include breadcrumbs, liquorice/aniseed ginger, forming a stiff

Take a closer look at antique treen

It's worth taking a closer look at some pieces of antique treen as there is often small characteristics which make these antique treen items just that little bit more interesting. I have picked out a few items from my current stock to discuss, each one has something about it that makes it special. Firstly image one is of two antique treen spoons look closely at them though there's more to them than first meets the eye, the left hand one is a lovely antique treen fruitwood spoon, probably from Wales, note how the spoon bowl is lying at nearly a right angle to the spoon bowl handle very uncommon, some referances describe it as an invalids spoon, I think its a great design! The colour and pati

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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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