Antique Painted Tunbridge Ware

Tunbridge Wells was a destination for people to visit the spa waters which were considered to be good for your health. Souvenir items began to emerge as early as the 17th century and an array of painted Tunbridge Ware was produced in the late 18th/ early 19th century for visitors to buy. These items were mainly made from whitewood such as sycamore and were usually painted with lines in red, black, green, yellow to the main body with transfer prints, often of Brighton scenes to the lids of the boxes, pannier baskets, nutmeg graters etc. The Main Image The image of the small box with the sliding lid with a red and black cottage on it. It also has a motto on it "for your conftant friend'. Note

Three Antique Treen Spice Boxes

Three antique treen spice boxes all different in style but all for the storage of valuable spice. The one on the LHS is an 18th century walnut and fruitwood box. Similar ones are illustrated in Pinto.It has a rimmed lid with central aperture which screws down tightly on a threaded column and down on to a radiating divisional circular box. The middle one is a 19th century three tier spice tower with original labels, turned from sycamore from Kent. The one on the RHS is an oak spice box with sliding lid with interior divisional sections.

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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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