Take a Closer Look!

Who doesn't love an antique box? They come in all shapes and sizes and for a variety of functions from sewing, to writing, jewellery to snuff, pills and games etc.

The antique box in the image is a charming oak money box with its original strap hinges. But what makes this a very interesting antique money box is the lid. Not only is it dated with both the day, month and year, November 3rd, 1814 which is unusual, but it has four slots for the money. On both sides of the box the top slot has an S above it and the bottom slot has a C below it. Presumably the S refers to silver coins and the C refers to copper coins. Note how the slot for the copper coins is longer and wider. Copper coins were bigger than the silver coins because when coins were produced at that time, the face value of the coin should have corresponded to the value of the material it was made from, approx one ounce of copper per penny.

In the centre of the box are the initials W x D and G x D. Presumably there was a container or a divider inside which separated their savings, you can just make out a slightly lighter coloured mark in the inside of the box in the centre, but there is no sign of any permanent fixture.

The box measures 21cm w x 11.5cm h x 11.5cm d.

It would be great to know what these two people were saving up for......

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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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