An 18th century antique treen tinder box with steel and flint.

note the divided interior with the build up of carbon to the interior.

 

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. There would be a damper lid  or cloth which would then be used to extinguish any sparks, hence why wood was not a great choice of material.

An Unusual Antique Oak Tinder Box

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    OPUS ANTIQUES
     
    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

    ANTIQUE TREEN

    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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