An antique treen knitting sheath from Cumbria.

This knitting sheath is dated 1743 which is an early date for a knitting sheath, very few can be found dating back this early.

The shaft is square in section terminating in a ball to one end and to the other end there is a loop with one piece of a chain and a ball cage.

Decorated throughout with incised triangles.

One of the pillars at the back has been repaired/replaced.

A really lovely example of cumbrian folk art.

It measures 17cm l x 1cm w x 1cm d.



A Rare George II Knitting Sheath - 1743

    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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