It's Mans Work as Well!

I have written about antique treen knitting sheaths before. The importance of the knitting industry and the wide array of knitting sheaths that can be found, many given as love tokens made by a husband , father, grandfather for their wife, daughter and granddaughter.

Recently though I came across a particularly large knitting sheath with a diagonal step across the broader part of the sheath - characteristics of sheaths from Dent. What's so interesting about this sheath is that it was made for use by a man, normally we think that it was women who knitted in the 19th century. Knitting was such an important part of the household income in this area that some of the men also knitted whilst on the way to the mines. Made purely as a functional piece and not as a love token. It has an absolute charm of its own you can feel and see where its been used and I only wish it could talk......! This lovely oak knitting sheath is an important part of our social history and is a very unusual find.

The first image is show the size comparison between the large one made for a man and the others. The other images so close ups of the lovely oak knitting sheath.

All these knitting sheaths are available to buy on the web site.

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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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