Top Tips For Waxing Antique Treen

One of the most frequent questions I'm asked is how to look after antique treen? When an antique treen or wooden item be it a bowl, spoon or box, has survived 200-300 years it should have developed a lovely natural shine and colour through handling and waxing, described as its patina this needs to be preserved and enhanced! So here are some of my 10 top tips; 1. Use a beeswax 1-2 times a year. Apply the wax generously to the antique treen items which then should be left on overnight to really nourish the wood, before cleaning off with a lint free cloth. The aim is to gradually build up a protective layer which will enhance your antiques. The wax can come in different colours I have fo

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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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