Antique Knitting Sheath - Named, Dated & Located

This is a really unusual antique treen knitting sheath believed to have originated from Norfolk which is, in itself, quite rare. The majority of knitting sheaths were from the North of England, Wales and a few were from Cornwall. It is made from one piece of fruit wood with a carved open lantern and one ball inside. The main body of the knitting stick is decorated beautifully with hearts, a small tree and diamonds arranged in a geometric pattern. At the top of two sides of the sheath there is an inscribed name 'PHEBE OVERMENT', an unusual spelling of Phoebe. It is interesting to note how the 'T' on 'Overment' had to be a different size to the rest of the letters as the carver ran out of ro

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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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