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Antique Folk Art Cottage Tea Caddy


Antique Folk Art Cottage Tea Caddy

Rare Folk Art Tea Caddy in the form of a country cottage. The exterior of this delightful charming house tea caddy is adorned with painted windows, doors and surrounding plants.

The interior of the cottage tea caddy features two lidded compartments with turned bone handles.

This charming cottage tea caddy comes with a fully working lock and tasselled key.


In England in the 1700s, tea was an expensive commodity. To keep it safe, people would store it in a lockable Tea Chest or Tea Box, which eventually became known as a Tea Caddy (the word caddy is derived from the Malay "kati", a unit of weight by which tea was sold). As tea was too expensive to risk leaving in the presence of servants, the caddy would be kept in the drawing room. Subsequently, the Tea Caddy became an important & fashionable accessory for the home.

Tea Caddies were made in a huge variety of styles and materials. Some contained glass bowls. The bowl is believed to be either for sugar, or for the purpose of mixing different varieties of tea to the drinker's personal taste.

As tea became cheaper in the early 1800s, its use was much more widespread, increasing the demand for tea caddies. However, by the late 1800s when tea could be bought pre-packed, the demand for tea caddies as functional items gradually declined.

Today Tea Caddies are sought after as decorative pieces, in all shapes & forms.

Shipping Cost:
United Kingdom £25
Europe £45
International £65

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Material Wood
Age C. 1800
Dimensions Width 7.50 in  (19.05 cm)   Depth 4.50 in  (11.43 cm)  
Height 7 in  (17.78 cm)