These amazing 19th century wood tea caddies are in the shape of an Aubergine (eggplant or brinjal). The patina on the wood is a rich deep brown. The leaf shaped lids have fine threads to screw on and underneath is a small turned inner lid with a knob handle. The caddy is in original condition but does have a few of the tips of the leaves on the lids damaged . Please see pictures for condition.
Although wooden Tea Caddies were made early in the 18th century, it is not until the second half of the century that they were introduced as a home style accessory. The word caddy derives from the Malay "kati" a measure of weight about 3/5 of a kilo. The 17th century tea containers were bottle shaped tea jars in china, glass, silver, enamel and straw-work covered metal. Tea Caddies were made in wood in box form from the second quarter of the 18th century.
Measures: Large 6 1/2" x 3 1/2" W small: 5"H x 2 1/2" W
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