It was only in the late 17th Century that items other than wood were commonly used for household items. Before the introduction of ceramics, pewter and silver wood was the most common material. Agricultural and Domestic wooden tools can usually be referred to as Treen.
The literal definition of Treen is "of a tree" and it refers to small handmade functional household objects which are made of wood.
Items that you might see associated with Treen can be any of the following made from wood: bowls, plates, needle cases spoons, snuff boxes, egg cups and shoehorns.
Antique Treen in most cases would be produced by carving and turning wood such as sycamore, box and beech. Today Treen is seen as collectable by many people and is still in use in some people’s homes hundreds of years after its manufacture.
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This is a small 19th Century Gloucestershire antique cider costrel which is coopered construction in oak with split cane bindings It is inscribed BHE at one end
Early 19th century treen cider costrelTurned single piece of fruitwood possibly CherryAll original excellent conditionCarved both ends SJ in a love heart
C19th treen bowl and cat standHand made dug-out bowlThree leg stand in MahoganyCan be sited on uneven surfaces
This is a mid 19th Century Victorian antique turned lignum vitae mortar pestle The mortar is made from a nicely grained piece of lignum vitae and the pestle has
This is a rare example of a George III antique period lace winder this is made in oak and elm and is in untouched condition with all its original colour