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Antique Single Satinwood Tea Caddy - circa 1785 United Kingdom

Width 4.50inch [11.43cm]
Height 4.50inch [11.43cm]
Depth 4.00inch [cm]
Medium Wood, Bone
Description Antique Satinwood tea caddy with decorative engraved penwork borders and floral inlays on all sides. With turned bone handle to the lid.

The Georgian single tea caddy interior features a matched bone handle mahogany lid and contains 95% of its original tin foil lining.

This unusual tea caddy comes with a fully working lock and tasselled key.

Satinwood
Satinwood is found in India and Sri Lanka. It has a rich golden colour and an almost reflective sheen. Satinwood is traditionally used for high quality furniture.

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.

Shipping Cost:
United Kingdom £25
Europe £45
International £65

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gbp 850.00 (Pound Sterling)
Stock Code dibs
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