Here is an example of a circular whitewood snuff box with painted flowers to the lid. The snuff box has a pivot lid which can be turned to open for a single pinch of snuff or fully opened to get a generous amount of snuff, hence the term 'miser' snuff box....

A similar example illustrated in 'Antique Boxes, Tea Caddies and Society' has a  diamond shaped label placed where the painted rose is on this box saying 'A gift from Tunbridge' and is dated from the late 18th century. Hence we can also assume this was made in the Tunbridge area around the early 1800's.

This example is particularly good as the flowers haven't worn away much where the lid was swung open. Perhaps the snuff wasn't offered to many people.....Still lined with the original pink paper lining.

It measures 6.8cm w x 2.3cm w

Antique Miser Snuff Box - Tunbridge

    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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