Antique Dissected Puzzle of Asia

Dissected puzzles better known as jigsaws these days, (only called this after the jigsaw tool had been invented in the 19th century),, but when they were first introduced into the UK around the 1760's these puzzles were cut and often coloured by hand from wood like mahogany, a timely and difficult process. Hence the royals, the rich and elite boarding schools were the only ones which could really afford these puzzles. In the main they were used as an educational tool. Later puzzles were backed on to card and became more intricately shaped with pieces that interlocked when the jigsaw tool was introduced. They also became cheaper and more affordable to the mass market in the late 19th and early 20th century

The one illustrated is a hand coloured puzzle of Asia as it was known in the 1790's, no Australia on it. The puzzle is dated 1792 and amazingly all the pieces are there. It is by Darton Harvey a well known games manufacturer at the time. A real gem!

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: