John and Jonathan Biggs are the third and fourth generations in the trade and specialise in treen and wooden bygones, with the occasional piece of seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth century oak, country and formal furniture. Jonathan’s great grandfather had a shop in harrow in 1912, however it was his grandfather who established the business in Bideford in 1953 located in the High Street till December 2004. In September 2008 the new gallery was opened in Charles Avenue, Bideford, which has ample parking outside. Jonathan is a member of BADA (The British Antique Dealers’ Association) and LAPADA (The Association of Art and Antique Dealers). John is now a retired member of BADA and was vice chairman of the association. The items viewed within this site may be seen at the gallery in Bideford, Devon or may be viewed on their website along with 600-700 items of stock. Items of treen can be posted internationally and throughout the United Kingdom. Having a workshop facility with a skilled cabinet maker, restoration of clients’ furniture and treen may be undertaken. Restoration of clients’ paintings may also be undertaken by a fine art restorer. We look forward to you visiting us in Devon or at the NEC.
J Collins and Son (Est. 1953)
Antique Treen 19th Century Fruitwood Love Spoon An extremely fine 19th century fruitwood Welsh love spoon, having a rounded top with a red wax inlaid plant in a pot with a decorative shaped horizontal panel below. There is a caged handle that contains three balls. The back is carved with initials G.W. and dated 1866, infilled with red wax. 9¼ in. (23.5 cm.) Wide 1¾ in. (4.5 cm.) Deep Welsh Circa 1866 £2,200
Antique 19th Century Fruitwood Plough Plane An excellent quality screw stem fruitwood plough plane, stamped five times L. Taylor. The whole, of a most intricate design, has brass and steel plates. The blade is stamped J. Howarth cast steel Sheffield. 8½ in. (21.5 cm.) Wide 10 in. (25.5 cm.) Deep 6¾ in. (17 cm.) High English Circa 1860
Antique Treen 19th Century Folk Art Mahogany Money Box An interesting late Victorian folk art mahogany money box, constructed from six flat panels of mahogany with scolloped and chiselled ends. The design suggests it may be of religious use. 5¼ in. (13.5 cm.) Wide 5¼ in. (13.5 cm.) Deep 5¼ in. (13.5 cm.) High English Circa 1880 £95
Antique Treen 19th Century Boxwood Pill Silverer An early 19th century boxwood pill silverer, having a screw thread, with a protruding band, to secure the removable lid. The whole, raised on a concave stem and stepped circular foot, has a rich colour and excellent patination. 4 in. (10 cm.) High 3 in. (7.5 cm.) DiameterEnglish Circa 1820 £395
Antique Treen 19th Century Sycamore Dairy Skimmer A well used and most unusual Welsh sycamore dairy skimmer, made from a single piece of wood. The handle is pierced, shaped and of a delightful form. The bowl is identical to a cream skimmer, but with a handle. 12 in. (30.5 cm.) Wide 6½ in. (16.5 cm.) Deep 3 in. (7.5 cm.) High Welsh Circa 1820 £285
Antique Treen 19th Century Mahogany Knitting Sheath A good mahogany long forked knitting sheath, which we can identify as being from Clapham in North West Yorkshire, having a square section carved with hearts and lozenges and the name Ann Roberts. 7½ in. (19 cm.) Wide ½ in. (1.25 cm.) Deep ½ in. (1.25 cm.) High English Circa 1820 £285