This is a rare knitting sheath from Wales. A similar one is illustrated in Brears book on Knitting sheaths. Note the conical shaped shaft carved to resemble a series of cones nesting one within the other - a  particular characteristic of some of the Welsh knitting sheaths.

Interestingly the knitting sheath changes half way up to a square shaft with cross hatch decoration. The initials HMS are to one side, the carver didnt quite leave enough room for the S so it is a little squashed in.

The date runs around the centre and depending on how you read it can be read1778 or 1877. Note that one of the 7's has been carved upside down by the carver.

This is a really interesting knitting sheath because of the many features  it has.

It measures 16cm l x 1.3cm w x 1.5cm d

A Rare Welsh Knitting Sheath

    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.

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    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.

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    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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