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Antique Boxes in English Society
|An good example of a late 18th century single compartment
The shapes of the single caddies are varied. They are square, oval, polygonal, sometimes with elongated sides ending in a point. Oval caddies are sometimes elliptical. Very rarely we see an urn shaped caddy. Tops are mostly flat with sometimes a small loop handle or finial in the centre. Escutcheons are inlaid ivory, bone or boxwood. Inside they have a free standing lid. Sometimes the tops are of pyramid shape, continuing the proportions of the side panels. This is mostly the case with ivory or tortoiseshell veneered caddies.
© 1999 Antigone Clarke and Joseph O'Kelly