Take a Closer Look!

Who doesn't love an antique box? They come in all shapes and sizes and for a variety of functions from sewing, to writing, jewellery to snuff, pills and games etc. The antique box in the image is a charming oak money box with its original strap hinges. But what makes this a very interesting antique money box is the lid. Not only is it dated with both the day, month and year, November 3rd, 1814 which is unusual, but it has four slots for the money. On both sides of the box the top slot has an S above it and the bottom slot has a C below it. Presumably the S refers to silver coins and the C refers to copper coins. Note how the slot for the copper coins is longer and wider. Copper coins were bi

Take a Closer Look !

Here is an 19thCentury Tunbridge Ware box from the early 1810/20’s with so many positive attributes. Firstly the wonderful parquetry top, look at the juxta positioning of the different woods giving depth, a 3D effect to the lid. The variety of woods used is an education in itself from walnut to yew wood, fruit wood to lacewood and many more, crossbanded in tulipwood. Open the lid to the sewing compartment still retaining its original pink lining paper. Look at the small Tunbridge ware pots with paper labels to their lids with the words silver and gold. These were for storing the precious gold and silver threads in. There is also a multiple reel holder and ribbon reel. Taking the locking pin

Prisoner of War Games Boxes

Prisoners of War particularly the French but other nationalities as well used their time whilst in captivity in the British prisons to make exquisite items from bone, straw and wood. They used whatever material was readily available to them, hence the use of bone from the meat that they ate. The prisoners worked in teams as there was several stages to achieving the end product, for example for bone to be used all the meat was stripped from the bone, boiled to remove the grease, scraped, cleaned and dried before bleaching to improve colour. The bone would then have been cut, sliced and pared into different widths, lengths etc ready for games boxes, ships and toys. Carpenters and cabinet m

Take a Closer Look!

Some antiques definitely warrant a closer look and this is one of them. An antique snuff box in the shape of a book, but look closer as the detail lifts it into a different class. Firstly note the simulated pages of the book with traces of gilding still remaining. Then the lovely chip carved spine and the carved wooden strap hinges to simulated locking the book. To the front of the antique snuff box is a raised carved shield with the initials W R H and to the back of the book a raised carved shields with the date 1789. It measures 6cm l x 4cm w x 2.5cm d. What a gem!

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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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