Little Gems Amongst the Smoke - Antique treen pipe stoppers

Antique treen pipe stoppers or tampers are real little gems. Often beautifully carved and small enough that they don't take up too much room if collecting them.

They were used to 'correct the draw' by pressing down the burning contents in the small round pipe bowl. Much better than getting a burnt finger!

Some of the antique treen pipe stoppers also had a pricker integrated into it, this was used to prevent the tobacco from caking in the pipe.

A variety of pipe stoppers can be found from carved legs and shoes to carved animals & skulls to name but a few.

As a general rule the 17th and early 18th century stoppers were approx 1/4 inch increasing to 1/2 inch by the 19th century as the pipe bowl got bigger.

They are not easy to find!

Pictured in this blog is a finely carved squirrel with open lantern and ball, the latter two features usually attribute it to Wales

The skull, these were made as "momento mori" showing the awareness to mortality and dust to dust which is what happens to both snuff and tobacco when burnt.

The third is a clenched fist, interestingly holding a pipe, the end of which would have been used as a pricker.

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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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