A Late 18th Century, Georgian, Mahogany Tea Caddy Having Extremely Attractive Inlaid Conch Shells, Banded And Strung Decoration, With Hinged Lid Enclosing Lidded Interior Retaining Partial Paper Foil Lining.
This particular caddy is relatively plain and simple in design, but the attractive inlaid decoration lifts it significantly.
The condition remains relatively good and clearly it has been well loved throughout its life.
Tea was a precious commodity throughout the 18th and 19th centuries and the purpose of a tea caddy was not just to preserve the and extend the life of the precious tea leaves, but also to enable the owner to lock away those aforementioned valuable tea leaves, keeping them safe from the house staffs potential wandering hands.
This 18th century tea caddy comes with a fully functioning lock and key, plus has been cleaned and traditionally waxed polished in our workshops before being offered for sale.