Dating antique tea caddies
A Tea Caddy is a box, jar, canister, or other receptacle used to store tea. 1759 FREDERICK VONHAM Sold An excellent quality matching set of antique sterling silver tea jars with chinoiserie decoration and original deep gilt finish. The matching pair of rectangular caddies (for green and black tea) have sliding tops, the larger square sugar box has a hinged lid. The deep embossed and engraved decoration is particularly attractive; each caddy has a front and back panel decorated with a Chinese man and garden setting, the side panels with flower and foliage, the corners with shell and fish scale ornament.
The word is believed to be derived from "catty", the Chinese pound, equal to about a pound and a third avoirdupois.
Tea caddies were the ultimate solution and with their ornate and intricate decoration they became a fitting home for the exotic leaves.
Caddies also often had locks so the highly priced leaves were kept safe.
And this is caused by the wood shrinking and pulling apart over time. I'll tell you, on one of the positive sides is it has very good color. And actually it looks like it might have had traces of some red stain here.
And on the bottom and to the side, we have these splits that go through the wood.
The word caddy is derived from the Malaysian for a weight equivalent to just over a pound, or 3/5 of a kilo, kati.
It would be called a Regency tea caddy, and they made it in the shape of a pear, and they made other tea caddies in the form of other fruit. Given that it's shaped like a pear, what do you think it's made of? APPRAISER: That's a very good guess, and that's exactly right. These are just some of the reasons why the answer to the question "What's it worth?With sliding top and lift off cap which doubles as a tea measure. 1770 SAMUEL WOOD (c.1704-1794) Price £2,850 An elegant pair of antique sterling silver tea boxes of plain serpentine form having gadroon borders and cast leaf scroll feet and ornaments. By the mid eighteenth century matching sets were available, with two caddies (for green and black tea) and a sugar bowl, all fitted into a wooden or shagreen case, often with silver mounts. During the late 1700's the locking silver tea caddy was introduced with its own key which the lady of the house kept on the chatelaine around her waist. 16th Century 17th Century Queen Anne 1702 - 1714 George I 1714 - 1727 George II 1727 - 1760 George III 1760 - 1820 Regency 1810 - 1820 George IV 1820 - 1830 William IV 1830 - 1837 Victorian 1837 - 1901 1901 Onwards 1711 JOHN FARNELL Sold A good early English silver caddy of plain hexagonal design. To the base there are some hand engraved initials and the scratch weight.