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)
S/4094 Antique Treen 19th Century Boxwood Nutcracker A boxwood nutcracker, extensively carved all over. The circular thumb piece is also carved as a circular roundel. A similar example is illustrated on page 71 in The Art & Character of Nutcrackers by Arlene & George Wagner. 5 in. (12.5 cm.) Wide 1½ in. (4 cm.) DiameterSwiss (French Speaking Region) Circa 1830 £320
S/3975 Antique Treen 19th Century Sycamore Muffineer An early 19th century muffineer with incised line decoration of traditional design, having a tall knop finial, an urn shaped body and raised on a circular stepped foot. The whole has a pale honey colour and retains a patination. 5½ in. (14 cm.) High 2 in. (5 cm.) Diameter English Circa 1820 £275
S/4029 Antique Early 19th Century Coconut Bugbear A dated coconut bugbear, intricately scratched carved with scenes, indicating a romantic attachment, and probably carved by a sailor, as more deeply carved examples were considered to be done by Napoleonic prisoners of war. 4¼ in. (11 cm.) Wide 3¾ in. (9.5 cm.) DiameterEnglish Circa 1816 £975
S/4046 Antique 19th Century Victorian Bead and Wool Work Tea Cosy A Victorian bead & wool work tea cosy, on a dark green ground and each side displaying the Royal Coat of Arms. The base has the worked words, 'Dieu et Mon Droit' (God is on my Right) and edged with a border of gold rope work. 14½ in. (37 cm.) Wide 4 in. (10 cm.) Deep 12 in. (30.5 cm.) High English Circa 1860 £850
3. S/3683 Antique Treen Early 19th Century Fruitwood Love Spoon An early 19th century fruitwood Welsh love spoon, having delicate chip carving. It has a small sun hole, an X cross inlaid with red and blue wax, a pierced daisy wheel, a pair of souls and hearts, and blue wax wine glasses. 11 in. (28 cm.) Wide 2 in. (5 cm.) Deep Welsh Circa 1820 £4,250
S/4092 Antique Treen Burr Boxwood Spice Flask A burr boxwood spice flask, having a top with an acorn and ball finial. The body unscrews from the base, allowing access to the interior. It is raised on a stepped concave stem, which in turn is seated on a ring turned ornamental foot. 6¾ in. (17 cm.) High 2½ in. (6.5 cm.) Diameter. French Circa 1800. £320