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



Oak Tea Caddy in Neo Gothic Style Made of Historic Wood circa 1840.

An oak two compartment tea caddy in neo-Gothic style marked on the underside:

"A Relic of York Minster From the Nettleship 4 Blake St York". 

This inscription survives research; see below: 

This caddy is included in our forthcoming book 

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Inside the caddy has two lidded compartments.

It retains much of its original leading.




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 The under side of the caddy is covered in blue paper and is inscribed: "A Relic of York Minster From the Nettleship 4 Blake St York". 

The inscription survives research:- York Minster was burnt down on 20th May 1840- the date on the caddy. Mumby Joseph (clerk to the magistrates,) is recorded at 4 Blake Street as "Fire & Life Offices" "Eagle Life". 

In 1877: Joseph Mumby is  recorded as contributing half of 1500 to the church in Osbaldwick about two miles East of York, where "The pulpit was a piece of ancient oak work, and was formerly in York Minster." 

This caddy may be from the same oak source.




Detail: Gothic style carving.


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