A lovely 18th century antique tinder box made from elm wood, the interior with a piece of flint, an old steel and still retaining its original damper lid.

These antique treen tinder boxes were rarely made in wood. They have  a divided interior one for storage of the flint, steel etc and the other known as the hearth. This is where the flint would be rubbed against the steel to create sparks to light either bits of material or wood. This would then be used to light the candles and fires. The damper lid would then be used to extinguish any sparks, hence why wood was not a great choice of material.

 Note the build up of carbon to this section.


It measures 31cm h x 11.5cm w x 7.5cm d

An 18th century elm antique tinder box

    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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