An 18th century lignum vitae coffee grinder or mill. The acorn finial unscrews so that the handle can be placed on the spindle, below there is a steel grinding mechanism. Coffee beans are placed in the top and the ground coffee is retrieved from the base which unscrews. The handle which is a replacement folds away in the base. 

These grinders were very expensive to make because they used expensive lignum vitae and steel for the internal grinding mechanisms. In the 18th century they cost approx 45 shillings to make, equivalent to around £230 or 22 days wages for a skilled tradesman.


An 18th century Coffee Grinder

    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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