Take a Closer Look !

Here is an 19thCentury Tunbridge Ware box from the early 1810/20’s with so many positive attributes.

Firstly the wonderful parquetry top, look at the juxta positioning of the different woods giving depth, a 3D effect to the lid. The variety of woods used is an education in itself from walnut to yew wood, fruit wood to lacewood and many more, crossbanded in tulipwood.

Open the lid to the sewing compartment still retaining its original pink lining paper. Look at the small Tunbridge ware pots with paper labels to their lids with the words silver and gold. These were for storing the precious gold and silver threads in. There is also a multiple reel holder and ribbon reel.

Taking the locking pin out, enables the side drawer with its silver handle to be opened and in this drawer is a writing slope and one of the original silver topped ink bottles.

This box is a gem!

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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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Address: Bath, Somerset       Contact Telephone: 07941 285532       Email:  sally.honey@icloud.com