Antique Treen Snuff Flask- dated 1819

Here we have a beautifully carved antique treen snuff flask, similar ones are usually made from coquilla nut.

The flask has been carved with a bugbear face which has a stopper for a mouth. Framing the face is the date 1819 and between the eyes is the initial F. The entire body of the flask is decorated with foliage and geometric patterns. The two copper protruding eyelets were for hanging the flask onto a chain.

It measures 7.3cm l x 3.5cm w and is in very good condition.

The bugbear is a Medieval English bear, depicted as lurking in the woods in order to scare children. They usually are figured on coquilla snuff boxes or coconuts carved by sailors. The word itself is derived from either the Middle English 'bugge', denoting a frightening thing, or the Old Welsh 'bwg' for an evil spirit or goblin. Nevertheless, time has done him favours, and the face seems more friendly and comical to a modern eye.

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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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