Ten of my favourite pieces of Antique Treen from the past!

Looking back through my archives of hundreds of images of past stock I thought I would share with you a small collection of a few of my personal favourite antique treen items during 2017.- Lots more to follow as I have many!! Image 1 - what a cracker a fabulous boxwood English novelty nutcracker which was dated 1756 and initialled. With moving parts! A fabulous 17th century Irish drinking vessel a lam hog made from willow A 18th century Lignum vitae coffee mill A yew wood snuff book box A rare invalids spoon.- early 19th century An antique very well carved pipe tamper of a dog and a hare A rare invalids spoon. A fabulous Victorian alphabet and spelling set with grammar tiles. An unusual ea

Prisoner of War Antiques

What a fascinating subject! Prisoners of War particularly the French and Americans but other nationalities as well used their time whilst in captivity in the British prisons to make exquisite items from bone, straw and wood. They were then allowed to sell these items in markets outside the prison walls. This in turn gave the prisoners a small amount of money to spend, so inner markets within the prison were opened for prisoners to spend their money usually on food, drink and gambling. Prisoners often worked in teams some carving bone, some painting, some making wooden box carcases, others splitting straw and decorating boxes etc. This not only helped past the days in captivity but also preve

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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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