Three Antique Treen Knitting Sheaths

Three antique treen knitting sheaths all with different special features. The top one is a glorious antique treen goose wing knitting sheath made from yew wood. This lifts this knitting sheath into a different category, the yew wood has a great patina. typical of this wood. There is some X decoration to the handle. It measures 30.5 cm l Dates from around 1820/30. The middle knitting sheath is also a goose wing knitting sheath type but very different with its long slender outline. Made from fruit wood, again with a fabulous patina and colour. It has an enlarged hole to the top of the turned handle. Carved on the stick is the initials B R 1787 and unusually the name of the village 'Burton'. P

Antique Treen 'Go to Beds'

Friction matches were invented and sold around 1826. The first matches didn’t contain phosphorus. These were introduced around 1830. Friction matches of this period needed to be stored in protective match boxes as these matches could spontaneously combust if knocked or on exposure to heat and so the small boxes were developed made in a variety of materials from silver, wood, brass to ceramics and glass. The earlier antique treen 'Go to beds' tended to be plain, without inlay etc, allowing the polished hard woods to be admired. These boxes usually have screw on lids with a small bone or brass boss on the lid for placing the wax match in and hence where the term ‘Go to Bed’ comes, ( as it is

Antique Treen Spice Towers

Treen I have been looking at spice towers recently, they were mainly made from sycamore or boxwood  and were a particularly speciality in the Sussex area. These towers lived in the kitchen and are believed to range from two tier compartments to ten tier compartments. I currently have a six tier tower  which is the tallest I have seen so would love to know if anyone has a taller one. The majority are three and four tier. No two spice towers are the same some have domed lids some flat. Originally you would have purchased your tower without any labels on it and put your own on according to what you used ,usually this means that for a four tier spice tower, four different labels but I have seen

What's the Purpose of the antique treen Knitting Sheath ?

What's the purpose of a knitting sheath ? Lots of people ask what a knitting sheath is for and as many are such works of art I thought an article on them was well worth it. Knitting clothes dates from as far back as the late 16th century in England,Wales and Scotland. The knitting sheath is a piece of wood, but can be made from other materials like bone, leather, ceramics etc,  approximately 8 inches long with a hole in the top,(smaller sheaths were made for children).It was usually tucked into a belt below the right arm pit or slotted over a belt, the point of the needle would slot into the hole in the top of the sheath and would allow someone to knit with one hand whilst performing chores

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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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