In the late 18th and early 19th century, Tea caddies were popular for storing tea. Tea was extremely expensive and therefore sparingly used. It was keep under lock and key in many wonderful containers. The larger varieties were known as tea chests. As tea grew cheaper there was less concern with the appearance of caddies, and as a result they fell out of use. Today we cherish the wonderfully made containers as decorative boxes.
French 19th Century Chinoiserie Tea Caddy
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Chinese Lacquered box for tea.
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English George III Tortoise Shell, Mother of Pearl & Ivory Tea Caddy c.1815
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Partridge Wood Veneered Tea Caddy -c 1790
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18th century English wooden tea caddies. The high cost of tea assured its status as a luxury item and necessitated a secure container for its storage and display. The construction and decoration of these containers was a reflection of the social rank of the owner. The finest furniture makers were enlisted to produce these boxes, each of which reflected the cabinetmaker’s best work.
18th century English Wooden Tea Caddies
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Tea Caddy 1770
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1788 silver tea caddy, by Hester Bateman. Hester Bateman (1708–1794) was an English silversmith who successfully ran her family business for thirty years following the death of her husband. She was succeeded in turn by her sons, grandson and great-grandson and the Bateman family silversmithing company lasted until the middle of the nineteenth century.
1788 silver tea caddy, by the great Hester Bateman. Love it.
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~ Tiffany Sterling Silver Antique Tea Caddy ~
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Exceptional Tortoise and Mother of Pearl Tea Caddy England C1810 Exceptional Tortoise and Mother of Pearl Tea Caddy, C1810, of rectangular form with skirted base; the hinged lid with Mother of Pearl and ivory inlay, the front also decorated with mother of pearl with two covered compartments and silver escutcheon, supported by bun feet, with working key and lock.