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
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.