Butter Stamping

In the 19th century in particular decorating butter was popular and there were several different types of antique treen butter markers or stamps available.

There was a straight forward stamp with a carved base ( see images 5 & 6) the most popular being thistles, & roses. The ejector butter stamps made in two parts, where the handle is pushed down onto the butter ( see image 7 & 8) a butter roller, ( see images 3 & 4), these were also used for pastry decorating. and a two piece butter mould which gives a 3d picture like the swan - image 1 & 2.

These antique treen butter stamps were nearly always made from sycamore wood which was thought to have anti bacterial properties and also didn't taint the food.

Sycamore butter stamps come in different sizes and shapes mainly circular but you can get rectangles, and the carvings vary from flowers and animals such as cows and reindeer (rare) to swans, geometric designs and sometimes names and dates. Occasionally you can get 2 for 1 as there are stamps on the handle and the base but these are difficult to find.

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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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