This is a rosewood sarcophagus-shaped tea chest with extensive and elaborate brass foliate inlay, brass ball feet and side carrying handles. It retains its original brass hinges and lock (the lock plate marked ‘GR’, a crown and ‘Patent’ – see image). The fabulous brass inlay covers the top, the front of the top, the front of the chest, the inside of the lid and the tops of the two internal canisters. Nestled in a red velvet-lined well is a finely cut central glass sugar bowl. This original bowl is a most beautiful item in its own right. The whole box sits on four brass ball feet and the underside of the box is plain timber and does not seem to have ever been lined. The canisters lift out but can be opened while in-situ with fine hinges (one needs restoration if wished – see images). The carrying handles have decorative backplates and rings but one attachment of the ring is a replacement which could be repaired (see image) and this ring therefore does not hang vertically. There is one crack to the back of the right hand canister but this is not visible when the caddy is open. Despite these minor fixable flaws, this caddy presents absolutely superbly. Length 12.75 ins (33cm), width 6.5 ins (17cm), depth 7 ins (18cm). Weight 2735 grams. This item appears in my book, “Antique Boxes, Inside and Out” on page 129.
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