Antique Knitting Sticks in unusual Forms

​ There is definitely a lot more to the humble antique treen knitting sheath/stick than first meets the eye. They were functional tools as well as love tokens and I have included information from my previous blog below. However far from being just a simple stick some were beautifully carved and often dated. Over the last few years I have come across some more unusual shaped knitting sheaths, images of which I have included here. From the soldier and the mermaid to fish, shoes, horses and birds. One very interesting one is a stick dated 1704 inscribed with a latin inscription! Numerous antique treen knitting sheaths were used as a functional tool, Worn tucked in a belt on the right handside o

A piece of antique treen from the HMS Royal George .....

I recently purchased two items separately both having been made of the wood from the HMS Royal George ship. The Royal George was built in 1756 for the Royal Navy and was the largest war ship in the world when it was launched, It took part in the seven year war as well as others , however it sunk whilst undergoing maintenance work at Spithead off Portsmouth in 1782. Very sadly at least 800 people lost their lives that day. There were many workmen working on repairing the ship, many families were on board and also many traders selling goods. The wreck was eventually blown up after salvaging most of her cannons and timber. The timber was made into various forms of memorial Image one is of a

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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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