A rare survivor this dissected puzzle complete with just one small piece replaced, in its original mahogany box with the makers label.The first dissected puzzles were only introduced in the UK in the 1760's so this is one of the earlier dissected puzzles.

The label says "England and Wales accurately delineated from the latest survey by Thomas Kitchen hydrographer to his majesty. Published May 7th 1783 as the act directed by the proprietor John Hallis at his map warehouse Ludgate Street London. NB the figures at the principal towns & co denote their distance from the metropolis.

A real piece of history.

The box measures 18.5cm w x 20cm d x 8cm h


Dissected puzzles better known as jigsaws these days, (only called this after the jigsaw tool had been invented in the 19th century),, but when they were first introduced into the UK around the 1760's these puzzles were cut  and often coloured by hand from wood like mahogany, a timely and difficult process. Hence the  royals, the rich and elite boarding schools  were the only ones which could  really afford these puzzles. In the main  they were used as an educational tool. Later puzzles were backed on to card and became more intricately shaped  with pieces that interlocked when the jigsaw tool was introduced. They also became cheaper and more affordable to the mass market in the late 19th and early 20th century

A Rare Dissected Puzzle - dated May 7th 1783

    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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