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Antique Tortoiseshell Tea Caddy

Exquisite Regency Tortoiseshell tea caddy with serpentine sides, with fine silver stringing separating each tortoiseshell panel. The top of the tea caddy has a ornate shaped and engraved initial plate and oval escutcheon. Opening the lid of the tea caddy the With ivory facing and two tortoiseshell lids. Standing on four turned Tagua nut bun feet.

Tea caddy comes with a fully working lock and tasselled key. The key must be turned clockwise to unlock.

Mark Goodger Antiques are passionate about tea caddies and are the UK's pre-eminent and leading antique box specialists. Tea Caddies are noted for the variety of different shapes and sizes made using exotic woods, tortoiseshell, ivory, horn and shagreen. They make a wonderful decorative and functional heirloom in any modern or traditional home.

THE HISTORY OF ANTIQUE TEA CADDIES

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.

All our items come with an authentication certificate with image, as well as our latest catalogue, care instructions and separate invoice for insurance purposes. On top of this our items come with 14 day no quibble money back guarantee and are all fully insured for when shipping.

Shipping Cost:
United Kingdom £25
Europe £45
US £65
Rest of the World £85

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Material Tortoiseshell, silver, wood
Age C. 1815
Dimensions Width 8 in  (20.32 cm)   Depth 5 in  (12.70 cm)  
Height 5 in  (12.70 cm)  

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