This antique 19th century English tea caddy is made of mahogany and features an inlaid rosewood diamond shaped decoration on the lid. The key escutcheon on the front has an inlaid rosewood kite-style detail typical of the Victorian period. The lid and edges of the caddy are finished with a rosewood border.
The caddy has a hinged lid which lifts to reveal twin compartments covered by two removable mahogany and rosewood lids fitted with small turned wooden knobs. As seen in the accompanying photographs, the lids have contrasting edging which complements the decoration found on the exterior of the piece. The interior of both tea storage sections and underside of the lids retain much of their original foil lining. The underside of the caddy's lid also has some foil present and has been lined at a later date with a protective felt-like material. The piece comes complete with its original key and while the key turns within the lock, the mechanism itself is not functional. The underside bears four small green dots intended to protect the surface on which the piece is displayed.
The tea caddy is in very good condition and displays beautifully. As an antique item, the piece shows appropriate signs of age consisting of scratching/nicks to the surface and discoloration inside the foil lined compartments. The caddy is 8.5" by 5" and stands 5.125" tall. The interior lids are 3.5" by 4.25" and the compartments themselves measure 3.5" by 4.25" and are 3.625" deep. The piece weighs in at 1lb 10oz.
This 19th century tea caddy would be a great addition to an existing collection of tea caddies, or works equally well as a stand alone piece. A lovely piece.
Antique English Inlaid Wood Double Compartment Tea Caddy with Key