C.1880 Tea Caddy, English with Double Wood Compartments
This is a wonderful English double tea caddy with a mixing bowl. The earliest tea caddies, like this one, were made using wood canisters. These tea canisters were lined usually with tin Foyle. Each of the canisters inside this tea caddy show the remnants of the original lining as very small pieces of shinny tin. Most of lining was made of a tin-lead alloy. Later, the canisters were made of metal, such as pewter.
This tea caddy is made of flame mahogany which is in very good condition with nicks or repairs. The shape is referred to as oblong, which was normal shape for tea caddies that held two canisters and a mixing bowl. In the center of the front side of the tea caddy is a brass lock and key, in working condition. The lock is hallmarked inside on the top of the lock mechanism. On the left the hallmark is GR with a crown above these letters, and to the right side, it is hallmarked PATENT with a crown above. The lock is in very good working order. The lock and key are original to this caddy.
Opening the tea caddy reveal the two canisters and a central glass mixing bowl. The bowl, which is not original to the piece, could be used to mix two types of teas, or for sugar. Each wood canister can be lifted out, as shown in the photos. Each measures 3 inches wide, 5 inches deep, and 4 7/8 inches high. The wood caddy has a brass hinge for opening and closing the lid of the canister. The underside of the lid of the tea caddy is lined with a light purple cloth, most likely velvet.
The tea caddy measures 12 inches wide, 6 7/16 inches deep, and 6 1/8 inches high. The base of the caddy is lined with green velvet cloth.
A wonderful tea caddy box that would be stunning on a desk, or book shelf.