Antique Treen - Ten facts about Jigsaws

1. The earliest jigsaw which has survived intact was made in 1766 in London it was a dissected map of Europe. 2. Jigsaws were initially called dissected puzzles. 3. Dissected puzzles were educational tools for children and not toys. In the 18th century they tended to be made for wealthier families and the subject matters were always with the purpose to educate. 4. English puzzle makers, often starting out as engravers, mapmakers, or printers of books and children's games.They began making the puzzles by mounting maps on hardwood and cutting pieces out with a maquetry saw by hand, Early ones were made from mahogany, 19th century ones from soft wood. 5. The term "Jigsaw" was not used until th

Antique Treen and Straw Work Noah's Ark & Animals

This lovely flat bottomed wooden and straw work Noah's Ark with 39 wooden animals and people. probably originated from the Erzgebirge region of Germany, c1880. Noah's Arks were very popular children's toys in the 19th century and most wealthy families would own one, which would be permitted to be played with on a Sunday only! The majority of Noah's Arks were made in Germany and there were basically three different types. A flat bottom one, pictured here, a round bottom one and a bottom in the shape of a boat. The animals went in and out of the ark via either the roof or a sliding side panel, and were decorated by either painting, lithogaphics or the finest ones were straw work, illustrated h

Three Glorious Antique Treen Spoons

I thought I would share with you images of these three small antique treen spoons that I recently came across., measuring in length from 11 cm for the smallest up to 16 cm for the longest one. They are significant spoons in that two of them are dated which helps give us a guide in dating other spoons. The smallest spoon, on the right hand side, although not dated has an inscribed cross to the handle and on the back R + A.S, very tactile and probably dates from the early 1700's.. The middle sized antique treen spoon, on the left hand side, is similar in shape to one in the book Treen for the Table, page 120, it has a great crusty surface with WH to the top of the handle and some carving at th

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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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