Antique Scottish Drinking Vessels - Cheers!

The Scottish people used a numberr of different antique drinking vessels each having distinct features in their own right. These were particularly used for ceremonial occasions. Firstly there was the Bicker - this was a straight sided bucket shaped drinking vessel, made by using staves of alternate sycamore and alder wood feathered together and bound with willow to ensure they were water tight.. They varied from small to large sizes, although strictly speaking large bickers are called Cogs. There was a Piggin similar to a Bicker but having one or two of the staves slightly extended so that they could be used as handles. Sometimes the extended staves had cut outs at the end e.g. hearts - pos

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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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