This is a very old, rare tea cozy. I believe that it is French and is at least from the early 1900s, maybe older. It is covered in a maroon colored silk with a silk ruffle around the edges. It has a 2.5 inch maroon velvet stripe diagonally across each side. Each side also has 2 silk embroidered flowers. One flower is pale pink and the other is pale yellow. The cozy is stuffed and lined with cotton fabric.
This tea cozy is in excellent condition for its age. The silk is worn in some areas which is natural, but is not shredded as silk this old often is. There is one repair along one side that is approximately 1.5 inches long, but this repair was done many years ago. One side has some small holes in the silk. The velvet also shows some wear. I tried my best to show all of the damage in the photos. Please remember that this piece is at least 100 years old.
The measurements of the tea cozy are approximately 12 inches wide by 11 inches tall including the ruffle. The ruffle is just a little shy of 1.5 inches.
This is an absolutely rare and stunning old piece!
Item ID: RL0014