A lovely pair of 19th century lime wood salts. Approx 8.5cm.
Humble salt imperative for life but not regarded as special anymore was once indicative of social standing. Elaborate containers that it was once served in during ceremonial dining, the Lord of the house having a large container placed in front of him known as the master salt which could be a magnificent container in silver, silver gilt or wood, other large elaborate salts would be placed at the end of the table and then small trencher salts were put out for the use of lower ranking guests. Hence the term 'above and below the salt' referring to people's social position. By the late seventeenth century as senior members in the household dined separately and the elaborate meals with the whole household became a thing of the past, not dissimilar to modern living today. Salts were still used, silver ones were a small bowl on scrolled feet and antique treen examples tended to be hemispherical bowls on turned stems.

Antique Treen Pair of Salts

SKU: saltspair
    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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