Antique Welsh Cawl Spoons

Having just bought a small collection of antique treen Welsh Cawl Spoons I've been inspired to write an article on them.

Firstly what is Cawl, well Cawl pronounced Kowl is a traditional Welsh soup made originally from beef or bacon, potatoes and vegetables. The word was thought to originate from the Latin word Caulis which meant plant stalk, cabbage stalk. The Welsh Cawl was cooked in iron cauldrons over the fire and then eaten with wooden cawl spoons on dark Winters nights.

Typically the humble Welsh Cawl Spoon has an oval shaped bowl with a long thin handle, made from one piece of wood. These Cawl spoons were made from a variety of woods, although sycamore was a favourite as sycamore wood not only didn't taint food but was believed to have antibacterial properties.

These Welsh cawl spoons when not in use were stored in wall hanging spoon racks, the Welsh ones being stepped. Often these spoon racks could hold a large number of Cawl spoons typically between 12-20 cawl spoons at a time.

Collecting antique treen Cawl spoons can be very satisfying particularly when they are all displayed on a spoon rack. Each antique treen cawl spoon slightly varies in either the size, shape or its surface, but these differances look so attractive when put together.

Alot of the Antique Welsh cawl spoons you see today are from the 19th and 20th century, although not easy to come across as many are sitting in spoon racks, if you look hard enough you will find Antique Welsh Cawl Spoons.

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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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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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