English Antique Tea Caddy Miniature Box, 19th Century

ENGLISH GEORGIAN STYLE MAHOGANY TEA CADDY, With alterations, mostly 19th Century

Item # 130001SLH21

This is a quite attractive English George III Style Tea Caddy, probably from the last quarter of the 19th Century. In their day, these boxes were an important part of the home, protecting valuable teas from humidity and theft inside of it's locking case. Over time, many of these boxes have been gutted and converted into jewelry boxes as the cost and availability of various teas and spices dropped, and as such the form lost it's usefulness - the same fate befell this little box, later then converted back to it's original intended use as a tea caddy. We believe the interior dividers are later though, possibly following original outlines but this cannot be verified. The canisters are of the period, but there is no way to be certain they belong with this caddy. While this certainly is less attractive to the purist, it is an absolutely gorgeous decorative box with which an honest attempt to return it to it's prior glory has been made.

The molded top with light channeled edging culminates in an original brass bail pull with round rosette terminals. It lifts on period hinges with mostly period screws, the interior of the lid strengthened and restored with an oak insert, revealing a divided interior of two paired canisters with round and very tight fitting caps, these flanking a square canister with a hinged lid. The oak inside of the case has been stained, probably around the same time the interior was restored.

The form of the case is square, the unbroken and undistracted surface highlighted with a period keyhole escutcheon (a probable replacement), the case resting on small bracket feet. This gorgeous little antique box is perfect for anyone passionate about the period and this form, the caddy easily complimenting a square chest of drawers or small side table with good lines.

Measurements: 8 3/16" wide x 5 1/4" deep x 5 3/16" high (not including bail pull)

Condition Report: Refinished and preserved under wax. Alterations to the interior to allow the box to hold the tea and snuff boxes. Patch to the mahogany veneer above the back right hinge. Inside of lid is restored with an inset oak panel for strength; likewise, the cove molding of the lid shows restoration on the outside (thin line of cracking). Lid hardware is period (hinges and bail pull) - keyhole escutcheon is period, possibly original. Brass lock is period, probably replaced. Lock catch in the lid was removed and filled. Small containers with abrasions, probably cleaned with a steel wool at some point. Some distracting chipping and blemish around the lock area. No key.

Item ID: 130001SLH21


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English Antique Tea Caddy Miniature Box, 19th Century

English Antique Tea Caddy Miniature Box, 19th Century
English Antique Tea Caddy Miniature Box, 19th Century
English Antique Tea Caddy Miniature Box, 19th Century
English Antique Tea Caddy Miniature Box, 19th Century
English Antique Tea Caddy Miniature Box, 19th Century
English Antique Tea Caddy Miniature Box, 19th Century
English Antique Tea Caddy Miniature Box, 19th Century
English Antique Tea Caddy Miniature Box, 19th Century
English Antique Tea Caddy Miniature Box, 19th Century

ENGLISH GEORGIAN STYLE MAHOGANY TEA CADDY, With alterations, mostly 19th Century

Item # 130001SLH21

This is a quite attractive English George III Style Tea Caddy, probably from the last quarter of the 19th Century. In their day, these boxes were an important part of the home, protecting valuable teas from humidity and theft inside of it's locking case. Over time, many of these boxes have been gutted and converted into jewelry boxes as the cost and availability of various teas and spices dropped, and as such the form lost it's usefulness - the same fate befell this little box, later then converted back to it's original intended use as a tea caddy. We believe the interior dividers are later though, possibly following original outlines but this cannot be verified. The canisters are of the period, but there is no way to be certain they belong with this caddy. While this certainly is less attractive to the purist, it is an absolutely gorgeous decorative box with which an honest attempt to return it to it's prior glory has been made.

The molded top with light channeled edging culminates in an original brass bail pull with round rosette terminals. It lifts on period hinges with mostly period screws, the interior of the lid strengthened and restored with an oak insert, revealing a divided interior of two paired canisters with round and very tight fitting caps, these flanking a square canister with a hinged lid. The oak inside of the case has been stained, probably around the same time the interior was restored.

The form of the case is square, the unbroken and undistracted surface highlighted with a period keyhole escutcheon (a probable replacement), the case resting on small bracket feet. This gorgeous little antique box is perfect for anyone passionate about the period and this form, the caddy easily complimenting a square chest of drawers or small side table with good lines.

Measurements: 8 3/16" wide x 5 1/4" deep x 5 3/16" high (not including bail pull)

Condition Report: Refinished and preserved under wax. Alterations to the interior to allow the box to hold the tea and snuff boxes. Patch to the mahogany veneer above the back right hinge. Inside of lid is restored with an inset oak panel for strength; likewise, the cove molding of the lid shows restoration on the outside (thin line of cracking). Lid hardware is period (hinges and bail pull) - keyhole escutcheon is period, possibly original. Brass lock is period, probably replaced. Lock catch in the lid was removed and filled. Small containers with abrasions, probably cleaned with a steel wool at some point. Some distracting chipping and blemish around the lock area. No key.

Item ID: 130001SLH21


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