A burl wood-veneered tea caddy with brass fittings, probably British, dating from the 19th century.
The caddy has a domed lid and is decorated with brass hardware. Inside there are two compartments, each with a veneered lid with a knob. The veneer appears to be English walnut. It appears that the lid was carved from solid wood.
Description: approximately 8 inches long x 4½ inches deep, and about 5½ inches high. The box weighs a about one pound,11 ounces.
Condition: Very good for a piece this age and of this type, with surface scratches and minor dents that should be expected in a wooden item over 100 years old. The veneer is in very good condition, with only a spot or two of minor damage (wear, chipping). The bottom is not veneered, but reveals what appears to be pine wood. The knobs on the interior lids are chipped along the outer edges. The linings of the interior compartments do not appear to have been replaced; what may be the original paper linings are still present, but very worn and partially missing. One strip of wood that supports the inner lids has been lost. Although the brass hardware (including the hinges and the lock) appears to be original, one stud holding the metal to the wood has been replaced with what appears to be a steel thumbtack. The lock appears to be intact, but lacks a matching key.
A handsome display piece.