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



Octagonal Tea Caddy With Prince of Wales Feathers Inlay, Circa 1790.
A well patinated satin-birch caddy inlaid with a fine rendition of the Prince of Wales feathers above a crown. The design is sharply defined and subtly shaded on a background of green. 

4.5" wide. 

Circa 1790. 

Note the fine stringing and cross banding in kingwood. The pattern is skillfully  shaded and engraved giving the design a three dimensional quality.

Interior with original lid and leading. The wear of the original finish near the handle shows that this caddy was really used.



Front view. The escutcheon is placed so as to be part of the patera design. The stringings cross bandings and shading are fine and skillfully executed. The surface is slightly and gracefully faded.

Detail of interior.

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.

We have written a highly illustrated book on Antique Boxes and Tea caddies which is being published by Schiffer Books USA. This tea caddy has been specially photographed for inclusion.

© 2002 Antigone Clarke and Joseph O'Kelly