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It's Mans Work as Well!

I have written about antique treen knitting sheaths before. The importance of the knitting industry and the wide array of knitting sheaths that can be found, many given as love tokens made by a husband , father, grandfather for their wife, daughter and granddaughter. Recently though I came across a particularly large knitting sheath with a diagonal step across the broader part of the sheath - characteristics of sheaths from Dent. What's so interesting about this sheath is that it was made for use by a man, normally we think that it was women who knitted in the 19th century. Knitting was such an important part of the household income in this area that some of the men also knitted whilst on th

An Array of Antique Games - a unique Christmas experience!

Christmas is approaching and fireside family images spring to mind. But how about a look at the sort of games and toys being played in the 18th and 19th century. Dissected puzzles better known as jigsaws these days, (only called this after the jigsaw tool had been invented in the 19 th century) but when they were first introduced into the UK around the 1760's these puzzles were cut and often coloured by hand from wood like mahogany, a timely and difficult process. Hence the royals, the rich and elite boarding schools were the only ones which could really afford these puzzles. In the main they were used as an educational tool. Later puzzles were backed on to card and became more intricately

Antique Dissected Puzzle of Asia

Dissected puzzles better known as jigsaws these days, (only called this after the jigsaw tool had been invented in the 19th century),, but when they were first introduced into the UK around the 1760's these puzzles were cut and often coloured by hand from wood like mahogany, a timely and difficult process. Hence the royals, the rich and elite boarding schools were the only ones which could really afford these puzzles. In the main they were used as an educational tool. Later puzzles were backed on to card and became more intricately shaped with pieces that interlocked when the jigsaw tool was introduced. They also became cheaper and more affordable to the mass market in the late 19th an

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OPUS ANTIQUES
 
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

ANTIQUE TREEN

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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