Antique Treen Teetotum Gambling Balls – 1600s to 1700s

A teetotum was a many faceted spinning top with each side numbered, similar to a dice but if made true there was an equal chance of any number turning up. A rare variant of the top is the gaming or gambling ball. These were made in ivory and wood and if made true had a crown or the initials of the reigning King or Queen on. An English philosopher 1632-1704, referred to a 32 sided ivory ball in an article “Some Thoughts Concerning Education” where he said “what if an ivory ball were made like that of the Royal Oak Lottery, with 32 sides”. The Royal Oak Lottery was popular in the 17thcentury, introduced by Charles I to cover the expenses of carrying water to London. and then outlawed as the g

Antique Treen Apple Scoops and Corers

Apple scoops or corers date back to the Roman times where simple bone ones ( made from sheep shanks) have been found in numerous quantities whilst excavating, where they have been thrown away. It was suppose to be unlucky for anyone but the owner to use their own apple corer. The simple ones were made by peasants but at the other end of the scale beautiful silver and ivory ones were also made. Antique treen ones vary from simple scoops to elaborately carved ones sometimes with hearts, intended as a love token. The main purpose of an apple scoop was to enable someone who had lost their teeth to continue to be able to eat a raw apple, the longer ones also acted as apple corers as well. A few o

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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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