An antique knitting sheath from the 19th century carved from one piece of wood by Tim Tarn from Middleton, Teesdale.

This type of knitting sheath is described as the most elaborate displaying technical proficiency and ingenuity. His work has been described as "probably the most elegant'. Each sheath is carved in a spiral form with a swivel link chain and has either a two or four prong hook for carrying the weight of the knitting. Chip carved decoration to the end. It measures 49.5cm l when stretched out x 3cm d at its widest part. C1880

Antique Knitting Sheath with chain and hook

    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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