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



A Rosewood Tea Chest of Sarcophagus Form. Circa 1830. 

This is the archetypal Regency, George IV, William IV, and early Victorian tea chest. Sarcophagus shaped, with feet and handles, and given depth with gadrooning. The form in all its variations remained popular for many decades, although the veneers became thinner as the century progressed. Earlier versions like the one here tend to have well made canisters and carefully finished interiors. Furthermore they are structured with care. Note the gadrooned base, the well turned feet and the complex loop handles.

This caddy is included in our forthcoming book 

 12" wide 6.25" deep 7.5" tall

Circa 1830  

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The escutcheon is in brass. The box depends for its aesthetic appeal on the figure of the wood and its dignified form. 

 Well turned handles and feet. This form of handle is called "drop ring".

 The base and the top are accented with turned gadrooning. 


 The interior has two lift out canisters and a central bowl.

The inside of the lid is veneered in rosewood.

The canisters are well constructed in keeping with the quality of the whole piece. 

The bowl, although hand blown and consistent in style is of recent manufacture. The red lining in the bowl well is original.

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 Interior with canister removed showing the rosewood edged mahogany lining of the box.

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