This caddy has aged gracefully both
outside and inside. It retains much of its original varnish. This is as
would be expected, worn and pitted in places. With light waxing the
caddy gleams with a beautiful patina.
The remains of the 18th century
caddy- leading can be seen on the pine inner surfaces.
In 18th century caddies the inner
lid is often un-veneered as here. It would sit on top of the tea
rather than separate supports.
The straight grain of the pine
indicates that it is quarter sawn. This would be to achieve structural
For many collectors
"restoration" of either the inside or the outside would