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Biggs said: “Treen and wooden bygones sell well at Shepton Mallet: we have more than 150 pieces of treen in stock and put on a large display of all of them at the fair.”

Before the late 17th century, when pewter, silver and ceramics were used as tableware, the majority of items used were made of carved wood. Treen has become highly collectable due to its fine patina and tactile appeal.

Pictured below is an interesting 19th century Scandinavian beech juicer with scratch-carved decoration and on four splayed legs, 17in high x 18in wide (43 x 46cm). It is priced at £320 with treen specialist J Collins & Sons.