An Example of Ornamental Turning by Lady Gertrude

I recently came across an interesting and unusual piece of antique treen a ribbon or tape dispenser, beautifully turned from lignum vitae. and dated c1900.

With it was some provenance the piece had actually been turned by Lady Gertrude who lived in the Knightsbridge area of London in the early 1900's. Running in the family her father and grandfather had been ornamental turners previously and she carried on the hobby.

Lady Gertrude was awarded prizes for her work by the 'Worshipful Company of Turners' and went on to host exhibitions of Ornamental Turning & Enamels on Metal by invitation only. One of the original invitations still remains with this piece.

More details are available in my latest stock section.

Lady Gertrude was a busy lady being a member of the Women's Royal Navy Service and The Women's Army Auxillary Corps and worked in the air stations of The Royal Flying Corps and The Royal Naval Air Service. In 1918 she became 1st chief commander of The Women's Royal Air Force. She lived to 69 years.

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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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