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From the Victorian era, and the Chinoise or Japonaise styles made popular by the travels of the 1800s for business, colonization, exports, this wonderful old tea caddy survives. The surface of exterior is entirely hand painted, decorated in the Asian scenes and tones of gold enamel with red accents against the brown of the hexagon form. Carved wooden dragon feet complete the exterior and are all intact in this c.1840-50 caddy. The interior is still fitted with the old pewter or leaded bins, 2 total, and the outer and inner lids still remain. The only thing missing would be the original key to lock up that precious imported tea. Wonderful display caddy.
Very good condition for age and type, the most obvious flaw can be seen in the denting of the metal tins inside, and in the one crack across the top of the caddy. The hand painted surface retains much of the old decorative work, but it is rubbed a bit and has some loss to the art work on top of the lid, typical of these old ones. It is not a perfect caddy, and we've taken that into consideration already in our price. Please review the photos to evaluate on your own. Measurements noted on our photos.
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