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Antique Boxes in English Society
1760 -1900
Tea Caddies and Tea
Tea Caddies and Tea



A  Richly Patinated George III three compartment tea caddy in burr yew and edged with  ebony.  Circa 1790. 
A richly patinated burr yew George III three compartment tea caddy edged with ebony and having a Sheffield plate handle.

This caddy was made in England Circa 1790.

Inside are three compartments containing a replacement hand blown bowl of the correct style and form.

For the historical context of this caddy follow the link to The Online Box Book 

 The top of the caddy has a centrally placed Sheffield plate  carrying handle. 
The caddy is in very good original condition and has a working lock with key.   It   has   not  been refinished. 

The inside of the lid is lined with paper 
The central compartment has a replacement hand  blown  bowl. with pontil mark. 

A pontil mark is the slight scar on the bottom of the bowl left after detaching it from the pontil. The pontil is an iron rod used in glass-making. The presence of the pontil mark shows that it is hand blown glass. Some people call it a punty mark.
The bowl sits in a specially made recess, which is faced with burr yew edged with boxwood. 

The facings on the top are ebony. The tea compartments are lined with "tea paper"

The lids retain some of their original 18th Century leading.

The richness of the colour and the figure of the burr yew can be clearly seen in this picture. The lids have turned bone handles.
For the historical context of this caddy read the relevant part of Antigone's Online Antique Box Book. If you click here you will go there.

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