The term treen means "of a tree". It is applied to a variety of non-furniture household objects made of wood. Before the late 1600's, metal utensils and vessels were not widely available. Wood was usually close at hand and people crafted the things they needed out of the most carvable wood they could find. It is very rare to find treenware dating back this far. It was usually discarded when something "better" came along.
Some common tool-type treen items were mashers, spoons, spatulas, butter paddles, and scoops. Wooden hollow ware and serving pieces were also quite common in the pioneer home, including plates, bowls, candle holders, mortar & pestles, and that holy grail of treenware-the doughbowl. Rounding out the treen-ful table service, were beverage pitchers, mugs and tankards.
Even after metal pieces became more available to the average home, wooden utensils remained a staple, especially the tool type items. Few, if any of these lowly workhorses were marked or dated, so assigning an age to any of them is very hard.
Treenware is a sought after addition to primitive decor. A doughbowl in the middle of a chunky legged farm table - wooden bowls lined up in a wall rack - a firkin holding firewood on a hearth - these are the pictures that make the primitive enthusiast's heart skip a beat.
Treenware is relatively easy to find and can range in price from a few dollars to a few hundred dollars. Wood spoons, mashers and butter paddles often cost around $10 or so, but if you come across a large doughbowl you'd better be prepared to dig down deep.
Meet our Dealers
Dan Leonard's childhood penchant for collecting old stuff really got rolling when he got his driver's license in 1966. Finding himself mobile, he became an avid flea market and yard sale devotee.
Through the years he has amassed some impressive collections. He has a bug sprayer collection that numbers 600 and climbing. Tobacco tins, moth tins and moth preventive advertising are some other interests he pursues.
Seven years ago Dan crossed over to the other side and became a dealer. His first booth was in the Hen's Nest in Ocala which is now closed. Currently he has booths in Ol' Cracker House and Wildwood Antique Mall in Ocala. This month we are pleased to welcome Dan, with his new booth here at Mossy Oaks. With a reputation for having a "good eye" for picking, you'll want to pay this booth a visit soon.
Three New Dealers
Including Dan, our featured dealer, we have welcomed three new dealers this month.
Tracy & Brian Stockel, former owners of Timeless Treasures, have taken a showcase for costume and estate jewelry. More inventory is coming.
Helen Bonar has stocked a showcase with her Hagen Renaker animal figures. She has horses, dogs, cats, birds and other assorted critters that are sure to put a smile on your face. They make wonderful gifts too.
Antiques and Collectibles
Visit us at
Mossy Oaks Antique Mall
6260 SE 118th Place
Belleview, Fl 34420
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