A beautiful trio of rare antique straw 'skep' beehives in good condition. Belgian circa 1910.
Height: 38cm Diameter: 37cm
Height: 42cm Diameter: 38cm
Height: 40cm Diameter: 42cm
Skeps, traditional baskets placed open-end-down, have been used to house bees for some 2000 years. Initially they were made from wicker plastered with mud and dung, but from the Middle Ages they were made of straw. In northern and western Europe, skeps were made of coils of grass or straw. In its simplest form, there is a single entrance at the bottom of the skep. Again, there is no internal structure provided for the bees and the colony must produce its own honeycomb, which is attached to the inside of the skep.
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