Here is a 19th century artist's box with a trade label to the sliding lid and the Victorian stamp.

Inside are three watercolour cakes, chalk a ceramic mixing pallete with ribbons to the side to lift it out and a paint brush. There is also a label with Reeves & Sons 113 Cheapside London.The box also comes with some newspaper cuttings about the box.

This box was made by Reeves & Co around 1870 and the label states that it was a "prize Colour Box' with directions and suggestions on use.

These boxes were given as prizes.  These awards were provided for in the British Education Reform Acts of 1870 - which was a historical advancement in educational reform. These were awarded to students for "good attendance & diligence" Awards were also given to educators.


It measures 17.5cm l x 10cm w x 2cm h.


Antique Artist Paint Box - for architectural buildings

    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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