A beautiful and original Papier Mache Tea Caddy dating to around 1850 with wonderful provenance included that a family member had left inside.
The caddy is beautifully decorated with hand painted flowers, Peacocks and an Urn, all finished in lavish gilding. All the sides are hand painted and the interior lids show how fresh the painting would have appeared when first made some 170 years ago.
The interior of the two tea compartments remain original with the caddy spoon the the owner had used. Two pieces of hand-written paper came with the caddy with some history of the original owner. The caddy belonged to a Mary Harrison born in Hull (England) in 1815 and used it her entire married life, once married to Mr. William Harrison in 1848 which ties in perfectly to the date of the caddy.
Excellent condition, with minor wear commensurate with age. Measuring 7 1/2" x 4 1/2" x 4 1/2".