Antique Treen Lamhogs what are they?

A Lamhog is an Irish ceremonial drinking vessel used in taverns and usually made of willow with an integral carved handle called a lug. These treen drinking vessels were made from a single block of wood turned on a pole lathe and then finished off with hand tools. The lug would have been gouged out by hand. Cylindrical, tapering downwards and then flaring out at the base, they are now quite rare, many examples that have survived are in museums.

In this example, which is a 17th century, note the incised line decoration to the outside – Image 1 and 2.

The lovely pole lathe marks to the base – Image 3

Over its life it has had a couple of splices to ensure it remained water tight, this adds to its charm showing how much it was treasured. – Image 4

It stands approx. 18 cm/7inches tall and 14cm/ 5.5inches in diameter, so plenty of people could have had a swig from it.

Image 5 - the lug, which begs the question , who held it over the years and for what occasion…….?

This particular example will be for sale at The Antiques for Everyone Fair at the NEC, April 7-10th 2016.

Featured Posts
Recent Posts
Search By Tags
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.

  • Pinterest
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Instagram

We Accept

Address: Bath, Somerset       Contact Telephone: 07941 285532       Email: