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Antique Victorian English Papier Mache Double Well Tea Caddy, EXCEPTIONAL! Large 14", Tea Poy
I will tell you, I have never seen a finer Victorian era Papier Mache tea caddy than this one - not even in a museum. This extra large c.1850 beauty retains all of its inner pieces, both hinged and fitted caddy wells which come out and are undamaged at all, and the center mixing bowl, also original, in crystal. Complete even to the working lock and original key, (which begs a lush red silk tassel, don't you agree?). The inlays of high pearlescent mother of pearl are all in place, and the only thing short of perfect on this old beauty is a bit of rub to the applied gold enamel work and even that isn't lacking much. I'm so thrilled with this caddy! Not even any damage at the hinges. No corner chips. I am at a loss as to pointing out imperfection here, truly. If you've long awaited a near-pristine large Victorian caddy, this will be the one you've waited for. Meanwhile, I'm displaying it front and center in my own dining room. Let me enjoy it a while, at least, can you? ; )
Very good to excellent for age and type. I find so little flaw with this one, I can only point out that some of that rich hand applied gold enamel work lost to the ages, but no pieces of inlaid mother of pearl, and no chips or cracks or damage to any of the superb old papier mache. I would have expected to see "Jennens & Bettridge" on the bottom, incised, but it's not there. I still think it's got to be J&B, however - just one of the unsigned pieces. It is an extra impressively large 14" across, 7.5" front to back and 7.5" tall.
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Susan Dean, San Marcos, CA
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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