A small early 19th century Scottish bicker.

The word bicker stems from the root word beaker. A Scottish bicker is a circular staved vessel with two of the staves extending out to for lugs or handles.The staves are made from sycamore and alder. The really skilled part is the feather banding between each stave, perfectly cut to fill the gaps in order to make the vessel watertight. This would have been done by hand with a knife. Each stave is grooved horizontally on the inside near the base to take the bottom. The vessel would then be bound with willow, carefully chosen for its size and would be laced meticulously to hold the staves in position. 

This small example measures 8cm w x 4cm h.


A Small Antique Treen Scottish Bicker

    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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