Tea caddies with spoon trays or drawers are extremely rare and special. This light-coloured walnut caddy features intricate inlays on the lid and all sides, its original brass handle and unusual brass feet. The inside of the lid is covered with green felt. A fruitwood lock escutcheon retains its original brass lock and non-working key. Inside, the three compartments are fully lined and have lifting knobs – two of the compartments are for tea and the other for sugar. When opened, the caddy reveals the head of a pin on the right hand side which, on being pulled out, reveals a secret spring-loaded drawer which would have been used for storing silverware. The caddy is in beautiful condition, with just a minute area of wear above the hidden tray just left of centre and one screw of a hinge is absent but the hinge is secure. This would be a most desirable item to add to a collection of tea caddies or antiques. Length 9.1 ins (23cm), width 5.25 ins (13.75cm), height 5.25 ins (13.75cm). Weight 1542 grams. This item appears in my book, “Antique Boxes, Inside and Out” on page 152.
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