Antique wooden candle boxes in the 1700's and 1800's

candleboxes Did you know candle boxes were originally made to protect precious candles from being eaten by rats, mice and other vermin up until the early 1800's?

Candles in the main were made from animal based tallow ( from sheep and cattle), unless you were incredibly rich where you would have beeswax ones, animal tallow candles would still have been used by the servants though. These candles would have given off a foul smell when burnt and a smoky flame. The animal fat odour even when not alight would have attracted these vermin, so candle boxes were made to keep their supplies of candles safe.

Sometimes candle boxes even had coarse flour or bran in them to prevent the candles sticking to each other.

There sometimes is confusion as to what shape wooden candle boxes were, like anything else there is always going to be exceptions to this as almost every house hold would have had a candle box of some form positioned either in the kitchen by the stairs or in other convenient positions in the house, but as a general guide wall hanging candle boxes were rectangular in shape hanging vertically with a front sliding lid or hanging horizontally with a lift up lid. Tapered boxes often used and described as being for candles today, were in fact for kitchen knives and forks.

Next week interesting facts on antique treen spice towers.

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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.

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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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