Tea may be common place in every kitchen cupboard in convenient bins, or disposable steeping bags now-a-day but this box comes from a time when loose tea was a valuable commodity in of itself. Tea caddies were designed and intended to hold tea in way that would be secure from servants and guests that might want to sneak a pinch when no one was looking. Of course they would hardly deter a thief that could simply snatch the box and pick the lock, or smash it at their leisure. Thankfully this box appears to be one that never fell into such delinquent hands.
Antique English Tea Caddy
This piece is a gorgeous antique English tea caddy made sometime around 1890 in England. It is made from mahogany and features a beautifully contrasting satinwood inlay along its edges. Inside the box two small brass knobs allow the easy removal of the compartment covers. The two square compartments offered plenty of storage space. The bottom of on the inside of the lid and the bottom of the piece itself is lined with soft green felt. This piece is quite an eye catcher and would be lovely on any table or display shelf as a conversation piece or storage for small items.
This box is in overall good condition. There are a few minor scratches, dings and small dark stains in the wood, as can be expected of something of such age. The key is missing from this antique English tea caddy, so you will be unable to lock the item unless a replacement is ordered from your local antique lock specialist. The lid will not sit fully flush with the main body along the front right side. There is a dull brown discoloration to the white inlay that frames the keyhole.
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