Antique Treen Candle Stools or Dresser Stools?

Have you ever seen a small antique stool with turned legs, too small to sit on or put your feet on and wonder what it was used for? These small stools are often described as antique candle stools and measure in the region of approx 13cm w x 10cm h. As far as I can tell they were never made for commercial resell but were made from small pieces of wood perhaps left over when making a Windsor chair. To describe them as candle stools is interesting but I have never seen one with a scorch mark so more likely they were intended to sit on top of a dresser and maybe to place an ornament on top.

These small antique treen stools were made from whatever wood was available so often you will see different wood for the top of the stool to the legs. In the gallery picture it is a yew wood top and fruit wood legs. Very similar to how they made some of the windsor chairs with elm, ash, fruit wood and yew wood all being used for different parts of the chair.

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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.

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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