This is a most stylish early Regency tea caddy of satinwood and harewood. Satinwood is a particularly desirable and attractive timber with its golden glow. The harewood surrounds the edges and there is additional fine stringing. It has its original lifting handle on the top and the lid is lined with red velvet which is edged with stringing. There is an L-shaped old cut in the centre of the velvet which would suggest a previous repair and a rubbed circle from the edge of the cut glass bowl. There are two removable caddies/canisters of matching satinwood with hinged lids and the remains of foil linings. In the centre is a most attractive decorative, footed cut glass bowl which appears original. There is an old v-shaped crack on one side which has been repaired. The bowl fits very firmly into its specific space. This type of bowl has often been called a mixing bowl, but is much more likely to have been for sugar. The box has an original lock and key and is working but does not seem to secure the lid. The under surface of the box is covered with a coarse baize. The timber is in very good condition for age with only minimal staining and wear consistent with its age – there are a few scattered cracks in the veneer. This is a charming, quietly understated but quality box which would make a statement in any décor or amongst a collection of tea caddies and chests. 12 ins (30cm) x 5.75 ins (15.75cm) x 5.5 ins (14.5cm). Weight 2254 grams.
This item appears in my book, “Antique Boxes, Inside and Out” on page 154.
Air Mail Post with tracking to the USA would be $53.00 USD. This item is covered by own insurance policy.
Elegant Complete Satinwood and Harewood Tea Caddy, c1800
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