An extremely rare dissected puzzle by Darton. This puzzle was produced in the early 1800's as a teaching aid. It was crafted for young travellers to gain some knowledge of men in distant parts of the globe.

William Darton set up his own publishing house at 56 Holborn Hill London in 1808.

Dissected puzzles were the forerunners to jigsaws. They were made very simply by placing a picture on a piece of mahjogany and cutting it into shapes. Some of the edge pieces interlock and the middle pieces just push together.

\A rare survivor.

A Rare Dissected Puzzle

    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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