George III Tea Caddy with Original Tin Canisters
This a very unusual George III (1760 - 1820) tea chest(box) in mahogany with boxwood stringing extending to the inside of the lid. During the 18th Century, craftsmen called these containers Tea Chests or Tea Boxes. Initially these tea chests or boxes were designed to hold tea in wood canisters or separate spaces some lined with metallic paper. The lined paper would keep the tea dry. In the 18th Century, box makers began making tea chests that had tin or lead canisters, instead of wood. The advantage was that the metal canisters would keep the tea dry. This tea chest that we have for sale has two tin canisters that fit perfectly into the dual spaces within the chest.
There is a nick in the mahogany above the keyhole. There have been a few repairs made on the inlay. A wonderful brass carrying handle is attached to the lid. The tea caddy has a working lock and the key is included. The tea caddy has original tin canisters, each with a lift off lid. The tea caddy measures 8 inches wide, 4 7/8 inches deep, and 5 1/8 inches high.
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