An extremely rare Georgian dissected puzzle depicting historical events from 1066 to the death of Nelson. This puzzle was displayed in Colchester Castle Museum for a number of years and is a very rare survivor.

It comes in its original mahogany box with the label intact on the lid. The label states "The Principal Events in the History of England to the reign of George III d.'

Underneath it says The characters in each event are represented in the appropriate costumes of the different periods.

Remarkably all the pieces of the puzzle still remain and are in good condition with just a couple of the interlocking lobs missing. To the base of the puzzle it has the makers name William Darton, Joe Harvey and Sam Darton, published December 1st 1815.

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

Whats nice about this puzzle in particular is that there is a picture and then writing about the picture for each piece. It ends with the death of Nelson which must have been the last memorable event before this puzzle was made.

Dissected puzzles were the forerunners to jigsaws. They were made by placing a picture on a piece of mahogany and cutting it into shapes. The edge pieces interlock and the middle pieces just push together.They only started to make these puzzles around the 1760s and were costly and time consuming to make. Each piece was hand cut and sometimes coloured and hence these were only affordable to royalty, rich families and elite boarding schools where they were used as educational toys. It was only when jigsaw tools were more intricate interlocking pieces made.

A Rare Georgian 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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