Three Antique Treen Knitting Sheaths

Three antique treen knitting sheaths all with different special features.

The top one is a glorious antique treen goose wing knitting sheath made from yew wood. This lifts this knitting sheath into a different category, the yew wood has a great patina. typical

of this wood. There is some X decoration to the handle.

It measures 30.5 cm l Dates from around 1820/30.

The middle knitting sheath is also a goose wing knitting sheath type but very different with its long slender outline. Made from fruit wood, again with a fabulous patina and colour. It has an enlarged hole to the top of the turned handle. Carved on the stick is the initials B R 1787 and unusually the name of the village 'Burton'. Probably referring to Burton in Kendal as this slim goosing is a distinctive shape from Cumbria. It measures 28 cm l.

The third antique treen knitting sheath, rectangular in section with a straight shaft, having a diagonal slot for the cow-band. Decorated with X incised decoration and unusually a very early date , of 1726 to the end of the sheath, just at the start of George II reign. It measures 17 cm l

These three antique treen knitting sheaths all have the same function but all quite different in appearance.

Available to buy, all enquiries to, tel no 07941285532

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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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