Christmas Gingerbread and Gingerbread moulds

As Christmas is approaching the smell of spices and Christmas cooking is in the air gingerbread springs to mind and antique gingerbread moulds. Some antique gingerbread moulds are little pictures in their own right, carved beautifully from a variety of woods, box wood, elm and sycamore being the most popular. Popular themes include Punch and Judy, St Nicholas, hearts etc. Some moulds are double sided and these antique biscuit moulds are known as cards.

Recipes from the 17th century for gingerbread were based on old bread crumbs, no eggs, butter or flour were used. The mixture was not even baked in an oven, the only cooking they had was a pre cook boiling. These gingerbread were then left toset, sometimes near a fire. By the 18th century the recipe appears to have improved dramatically and treacle and flour replaced bread crumbs in the London area but more traditional bread crumb recipes lingered on in the north. Today thank goodness we can enjoy gingerbread made with an array of tasty ingredients, so spare a thought to the people in the 17th century when you tuck into your gingerbread this Christmas.

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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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