A George III ivory and cut steel octagonal tea caddy, with tortoiseshell edging, the front with a painted plaque depicting a lady and man wearing a plumed hat, loop handle to both lids, 5in (12.6cm) high, 4¼in (10.8cm) wide, 3in (7.6cm) deep.
Tea Caddy The sheet steel or iron would first have been tinned, that is covered in a thin coating of tin. First the ferrous metal was pickled in acid to remove oxides and impurities. Tallow was commonly used as a flux. The prepared sheet would then have been fabricated into the chest.