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 very unusual 19th Century treen coquille nut thimble holder with a good quality carved decoration colour and patination
In its original paint a good example of a 19th Century decoy duck with minor paint loss only an attractive example
A very fine Treen 19th Century String or Thread Dispensing Pot with a lovely turned bone spindle with exterior bone handle the thread being pulled through a small ring in
A fine piece of Victorian Treen in the form of a Wooden Barrel for dispensing string or Thread The back portion unscrews with a finely turned thread with the push