Take a Closer Look!

It's not every day you come across an antique oak wall hanging/candle box which is dated, especially with an 18th century date 1752........ It has both lovely carving to the front sliding lid and also stamped decoration to it. It even has the original iron metal locking plate to the reverse of the lid which slots into the base, where originally it would then been locked, to protect the precious contents, probably candles,( beeswax ones were very expensive and were for the rich , churches or for special events), now some string or an old peg would suffice. This great box measures 38.5cm h x 21cm w x 8.2cm d.

Antique Treen Sailmaker’s Liners

The golden age of sailing lasted from the 16th century to the mid 19th century, by then more competitive steam travel had been introduced, culminating in the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869 and heralding the end of commercial wind powered sail. Prior to the mid 1800’s the commercial sailing boats powered by wind had a vast and elaborate system of canvas sails made from hemp and flax fibre. Hemp was able to withstand salt water and the forces of the oceans. Flax canvas was made from double weave to withstand rough usage. The seams in the sails had lines of waxed stitches which had to be pressed and rubbed into the canvas using sailmaker’s liners, usually having V shaped sides or ends. Anti

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Having just bought a complete set of Georgian playing cards I did a spot of research about them. Did you know there was a tax on playing cards? Like many items in the Georgian period, but what was unusual about this was the act stayed in place until relatively recently it was abolished on 4 April 1960. Playing cards was seen as addictive gambling and as such proved to be an easy source of income generation. In order to prevent tax avoidance the Ace of Spades was held by customs and only issued once duty had been paid by the card maker. The Ace of Spades was the chosen card to show the tax due and every maker of playing cards had to have a mark of his own to indicate recognition of his nam

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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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