This is a one off piece made by Lady Gertrude Molyneux, who went on to become the !st chief commandant of women's RAF.

Before the first World War Lady Gertrude, like her father and grandfather practised ornamental turning at Croxteth Hall, west Derby, Liverpool. She continued her love of turning after she got married and won awards from 'The Worship Company of Turners'.

This piece is made from lignum vitae with wonderful turning, the top lifts up to put ribbon/tape/string inside.It was exhibited by Lady Gertrude at Leighton House, Holland Park, and the card inviting people to the exhibition comes with this piece.

The piece dates from late 1800's/early 1900's.

It measures 9cm w x 4cm h x 7cm d

Antique Ribbon Dispenser - Ornamental Turning

    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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