Take a Closer Look - 'Am I not a Man and a Brother'

This is a very interesting snuff box in many ways. Firstly the image on the lid, based on Josiah Wedgwood’s workshop’s designs of the most identifiable image of the 18th century abolition movement, a kneeling African man. The image originated from the Quaker society, some of the first leaders of the abolition of slavery movement in Britain and the USA. They saw the abolition of slavery as a Christian duty and when they met in London in 1787 a design for a seal was created for use by the society. The image was of an African kneeling and bound by chains with the motto ‘Am I not a Man and a Brother”. Cameos were made attributed to the Wedgewood factory and were worn as a fashion statement as br

Take a closer look two antique horse snuff boxes

These two antique treen snuff boxes are both carved as a horse's head. Similar but also very different. Images 1-7 are of the slightly bigger antique snuff box,. This one has more of a country snuff box with bone teeth and eye decoration. Carved mane and subtle brass nail decoration. It has a flat bottom sliding lid, inscribed with the owners initials P I and the date 1809. Made to sit on a surface. Images 8-11 are of a very well carved mahogany snuff box with subtle carvings to shape the long face, nose and ears, a rounded base and hinged lid, very tactile and very good quality. It was made to be held in the hand and carried around in the pocket. Dating from around the mid 1800's. Both the

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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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