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Antique Pear Tea Caddy

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Reference
500270TMCE
Height
16 cm (6 1/4")
Diameter
11.5 cm (4 1/2")
Antique tea caddy in the form of a Pear, with beautiful shape and patination topped with a realistic stalk. With steel hinge and ornate escutcheon.
With an original gold British Antiques Dealers Association sticker on the base, probably from the 1970s where it would of been exhibited for sale or as special exhibit.

This wonderful antique Pear Tea Caddy comes complete with a fully working lock and tasselled key.

All our items come with an authentication certificate with image, as well as our latest catalogue, care instructions and separate invoice for insurance purposes. On top of this our items come with 14 day no quibble money back guarantee and are all fully insured for when shipping.

THE HISTORY OF ANTIQUE TEA CADDIES
In England in the 1700s, tea was an expensive commodity. To keep it safe, people would store it in a Tea Chest or Tea Box, which eventually became known as a Tea Caddy (the word caddy is derived from the Malay'kati', a unit of weight by which tea was sold). As tea was too expensive to risk leaving in the presence of servants, the caddy in which it was stored would generally be kept in the drawing room. Subsequently, the Tea Caddy became an important & fashionable accessory for the home.
Tea Caddies were made in a huge variety of styles and materials. Some contained glass bowls. The bowl is believed to be either for sugar, or for the purpose of mixing different varieties of tea to the drinker's personal taste. As tea became cheaper in the early 1800s, its use was much more widespread, increasing the demand for tea caddies. However, by the late 1800s when tea could be bought pre-packed, the demand for tea caddies as functional items gradually disappeared.

Today Tea Caddies are sought after as decorative pieces, in all shapes & forms.
Purchasing a Tea Caddy / Tea Chest from us you can be satisfied that they have been carefully examined and assessed, and only restored where absolutely necessary.

All boxes at Mark Goodger Antiques are professionally restored using traditional skills all by hand. Purchasing a box from us you can be satisfied in thinking that they have been carefully looked over and only restored where necessary. Buying a box from us gives you piece of mind you are buying an original item, and from a dealer who belongs to three leading trade associations and abides by all their strict conducts of code. Mark Goodger is a BADA,CADA & LAPADA
Height
16 cm (6 1/4")
Diameter
11.5 cm (4 1/2")
Period
George III
Year
Circa 1800
Medium
Wood, Steel
Country
Continental
Provenance
GOLD BRITISH ANTIQUE DEALERS ASSOCIATION LABEL
Exhibitions
WILTON HOUSE