Mid 19th century Spice Tower with 4 stacking compartments. Turned from sycamore, with fine turnings, each section screws into the the lower pot. The top is slightly unusual, fashioned in the style of a pillar box. The accumulation of patina has left the surface uneven, showing its history. Clearly well used, the Spice Tower retains its original printed labels, with deterioration of the label on the base section. The wood has cracked at various points, and cleverly repaired, so the tower is stable and fits together perfectly. It has a lovely original feel and good colour. Circa 1840
A fine version of the 19th century treen wool winder, commonly called a "swift". The mahogany circular base is deeply turned, from which rises a brass pole. The thin slats that make up the winding mechanism are attached to wooden rings, and rises up and down the pole. They are wood stained to match the mahogany base and finial. This is an elegant example of an antique swift, in excellent original condition.
A rare late 19th century height measure. Made of mahogany, the stick is faced with boxwood on 2 sides, one side inscribed in inches, the other with metric measurements. In 1896 the British Parliament passed the Weights and Measures (Metric System) Act which legalised metric units for all purposes, at a time when over 40% of British exports were to metricated countries. This treen measure has a sliding arm, connected with brass and finished with a carved hand hold. Small brass plates strengthen the base of the measuring stick. An interesting piece of history, in excellent condition. Circa 1900
A fine Victorian wooden truncheon, turned from boxwood or fruitwood. The painted decoration includes a quartered heraldic shield and a crown. There is a lovely tactile feel and patina to the ring turned handle. General wear to the surface is expected, but the truncheon is in very good order.
19th century money box, probably made for a child, turned from boxwood. It is in the form of a crenelated turret. The inner lid, with the coin slot, unscrews to open the box. It is in lovely condition, with its original surface.
Often found in Chemists and Doctors travelling medicine chests, these wooden bottle shaped containers were excellent at protecting their contents. Turned from boxwood, they were crafted with amazingly accurate screw on lids, that even today are sharp, effortlessly opening and closing. This one has an attractive turned top, and is stamped "4 oz" to the base. It is in very good condition.
18th century single compartment mahogany Cheese Coaster. This boat shaped piece of table treen was designed to hold a round of cheese and pushed up and down the dining table. A small degree of cracking to the bent wood of the interior is not unusual, but the general condition of this piece is excellent, with original brass casters. Circa 1780
Often found in Chemists and Doctors travelling medicine chests, these wooden bottle shaped containers were excellent at protecting their contents. Turned from boxwood, they were crafted with amazingly accurate screw on lids, that even today are sharp, effortlessly opening and closing. This small example has an incised stamp on the lid: SAVORY & MOORE LONDON, for the well known chemists that operated throughout the 19th century. The condition is very good, with only a small surface disturbance at a point in the wood grain. Circa 1860
A 19th century Treen Bottle Holder. Made of boxwood, the top is stamped JONES PARIS 23 BLV DES CAPUCINES (end of the last word is indistinct, but this is the address of a well known English perfumer, T Jones, who opened a shop in Paris) In good condition, it has just a small scar on the top. Circa 1880
Finely turned Victorian Treen medicine/Chemist bottle holder. Made of boxwood, with an excellent screw thread, the top is finished with a small nipple. Snugly fitted inside is a glass stoppered bottle, probably the original bottle. One fine crack can be seen on the main body, but it has not opened or extended through to the inside. Circa 1850
This mid 19th century lidded container is a handsome piece of table Treen. Turned from a country wood such as apple, it is formed to look like a barrel.The traditional hoops are defined by black paint. Age has made the opening slightly oval, so that the lid sits on the ridge but is no longer tight. A rich patina and fine condition makes this a great piece for a Treen collection. Circa 1850
Antique Georgian Cheese Coaster. Designed to hold 2 rounds of cheese for a fine dining table, it is made of mahogany. The deep boat shape is finished with a wavy edge and turned handles. A great piece of table "Treen" in lovely condition. Circa 1800
An impressive early 19th century Book Box. Made of walnut, inlaid with fine line stringing, with carved fruitwood on the sides, it has the special texture of a Folk Art piece of treen. The spine of the book is carved to simulate an old leather binding, and does indeed glow like antique polished leather. Both front and back of the book is inlaid with a large cross, indicating the the box probably once held a precious Bible. The interior is lined in blue paper, with a message hand cut into the paper of the lid: "A Present". A beautiful and rare box. Circa 1810
Mid 19th century table String Barrel. Turned from boxwood, it retains fine crisp edges and scribed line decoration. The metal cutting blade is in exceptional condition. With a good clear surface and colour, this string box is a fine quality piece of antique treenware in superb condition. Circa 1850.
A 19th century treen Bottle Holder. Finely turned from boxwood, it has a good undisturbed deep patina and colour. There is a natural crack from the base. These containers generally held doctors glass medicine bottles. Circa 1880
Early 19th century finely turned Spice Tower. Made from sycamore, it has 3 tiers that screw into each other and original scrolled labels for Cinnamon, Mace and Ginger. The base tier has a repaired split. A lovely example of Regency domestic treenware. Circa 1820.
This 18th century mahogany Cheese Coaster is an elegant piece of table treen. The fine curved bentwood body is finished with an attractive wavy edge to the sides. The square base is dovetailed. Considering the delicate nature of bent mahogany, the condition is very good, with an original surface and warm colour. Circa 1880
A good example of Victorian Treen, this Glove Powderer would have been an essential item for the affluent 19th century person. Beautifully turned from boxwood, it unscrews into 3 sections. It is in excellent condition with a good surface and colour. Probably a gift, inside the domed middle section is an inscription, initials and the date August 11th 1870.
Treen tells the stories of peoples lives,and this table Fire Screen is no exception. A roaring winter fire, an elegant woman, relaxing after Christmas dinner, turns the screen (a gift, perhaps?) to protect her face from the heat. This beautifully made screen has survived in wonderful condition. Made of rosewood, with its original tapestry, the screen pivots and moves up and down the turned pole. Circa 1840.
This stunning piece of early 19th century treen is a table Tobacco Jar in the form of a barrel. It is finely turned, probably laburnum wood, with a superbly fitting lid. The barrel has suffered splits in the grain of the wood, but it is a still a lovely example of quality domestic treen. Circa1820
A 19th century treen "swift" or woolwinder. This table standing example is particularly decorative. The deeply turned base with its original surface sits on round ebonised feet, and is weighted for stability. The central pole is finished with pressed brass. In superb condition, even the ribbon ties have survived well. Circa 1890
A finely turned Victorian treen solitaire board game. It has been marked out for the ancient partner game of Fox and Geese, although the markings are now rubbed with age. The marbles are contained in a screw-held pivotting container, which also acts as the base. Circa 1880
A finely turned piece of mid 19th century treen, this Cotton Reel Stand is made of yew wood. The nature of yew, dense and smooth, is exemplified in this stand, with a great surface and warm colour. The base is stamped with the name "G. NEALE". Two of the metal cotton reel holders have been replaced.
Mid 19th century treen Bottle Holder. Turned from choice boxwood, the top screws into the main container to hold the glass bottle securely. The top, raised to take the stoppered bottles of that time, has a flat top with an overhanging moulded rim. In excellent condition, with no splits, and having a lovely colour and surface. Circa 1850.