An antique treen stay busk dated 1791. Chip carved with roundels, goblets, a wheel of fortune, key hole and a key - 'to my heart'. On the reverse is the name Mary carved and the date 1791 again.

Slight loss to chip carving on some parts of the edging, otherwise in good condition with lots of carved decoration.

It measures approx 33cm l x 3.5cm w


Corsets were called stays and a treen stay busk was essentially a flat piece of wood which fitted into a front pocket of the corset. Many were plain but the carved ones were given as love tokens with symbols similar in meaning to the Welsh Love spoons.



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Antique Treen Stay Busk - dated 1791

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    Antique Treen

    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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