A boxed Sikes hydrometer with an inlaid label to the front.  The label says'Sikes HydrometerDring & Fagemakers to H M customs & Exciseof the united Kingdom & colonies & Stamford Street London. They were a long established company starting in London in 1790 and continued trading upto the 1960s. This box dates from around 1905.

Inside it comprises of a  glass cylinder, a weighted bulb with scale, a small magnifying glass, a thermometer and a set of 10 small brass loop weights sitting on pegs. Each has its own compartment within a wooden box lined with velvet.  

Hydrometer sets were used to determine the specific gravity or "heaviness" of a liquid./alcohol.

Unusual to find such a complete set. 

A Complete Antique Sikes Hydrometer

    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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