A lovely carved 18th century pipe tamper, with an open lantern - carved ball and cage with further carved decoration to the cage and top.

This is decribed as being probably Welsh in The Tobacco Stoppers Book by Alastair Leslie

It has a small tapering end, which is blackened (charred)

The fact that the stopper end is approx 1/4inch gives an indication that it is an early pipe stopper, later into the 18th century they increased to 1/2inch .

It is in good condition, with a good colour and  patina.

The tapered end measures approx 0.8 cm and the square sections measure 1.2 cm square. The overall length is 7.3 cm.

An early 18th century Pipe Stopper or Tamper

    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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