Antique Treen with Invaluable Dates

To find a date on a piece of treen is so interesting in helping to identify the age of the majority of antique treen items which don't have a date. Similar types of carving, inlay and general shape of objects tended to be used during particular periods of time before fashions changed and other decorations were introduced e.g. ebony stringing was very popular around the Regency period, mother of pearl inlay was popular in the Victorian era. There are certain groups such as antique knitting sheaths and antique snuff boxes in the form of shoes where the date is sometimes found, but it is unusual to find it on many other items although there is always exceptions. Here are some antique treen and

Industry, Sobriety, Obedience - treen savings box

I came across this unusual antique Regency oak box and felt it warranted some research. On the front of the box are the words Industry and Sobriety and the third word possibly says Obedience but it has been rubbed. Having read a few articles it seems that in Regency Britain people believed that the worst conditions of poverty could be avoided/escaped by sobriety,obedience and hard work. They believed that bad habits and idleness were the root of poverty and that the poor should not spend their money on beer and gin but should be encouraged to save. Many savings banks and friendly societies sprung up, the banks being run by the rich! This savings box was for six different people,the names Ge

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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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