Beautiful Antique Mahogany Wooden Tea Caddy Box 18th Century Georgian Style
In the 17th century, tea was first introduced to Britain from the East Indies by the Dutch East India Company who had a monopoly on this trade, as well as some of the spices now in common use. As a result, the leaf tea from which the drink was made was an extremely expensive commodity, and so had to be appropriately stored and safeguarded. The tea caddy was devised for this purpose. The first tea caddies, sometimes called tea canisters, as they were only single compartment vessels, were often of silver, and bottle shaped with a removable top that could be used to measure tea into the pot. The simple forms of these boxes had a removable receptacle to store the tea. Befitting their status, the finest materials and craftsmanship were used in the manufacture of tea caddies, emphasized by the complicated shapes which were variations on a square, rectangle or casket. As tea grew cheaper, there was less concern with safeguarding the contents, and as a result, the tea caddy slowly declined. Most tea caddies available on the market were made before the mid 19th century. Beautiful solid mahogany, hinged lid, original brass hardware.
This box does not have compartments. Based on research, this piece is estimated to be from the mid to late 18th century.
The item does not have identifying marks. Has wear based on age and use, but is still in pretty great shape. This item measures approximately 5.5" tall, 9" long, & 6 wide. Be used as a jewelry box or storage for other trinkets and the likes.
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- Brand: Unbranded
- Type: Storage Box
- Shape: Rectangle
- Color: Mahogany
- Packaging: Box
- Style: Georgian
- Features: Boxed
- Material: Wood
- Finish: Antique
- Subject: Boxing