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Antique Pear Treen Tea Caddy

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Reference
MPCE
Height
15.5 cm (6")
Diameter
11.5 cm (4 1/2")
Treen Pear tea caddy with fantastic shape, colour, and patination. This fabulous Pear Tea Caddy has a oval cut steel escutcheon, lock and hinge and is adorned with a realistic shaped ebonised stalk.

Inside the antique Pear tea caddy still retains most of its original tin foil lining and comes with a fully working lock and tasselled key.

All our items come with authentication certificate with image, as well as our latest catalogue, how to look after your antique booklet, 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 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 lockable 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 would 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 declined.
Height
15.5 cm (6")
Diameter
11.5 cm (4 1/2")
Year
c. 1800
Medium
Wood, steel
Country
Continental
Provenance
This tea caddy was displayed at 'A Tea Journey: from Mountain to the Table' exhibition at Compton Verney 2019
Exhibitions
LAPADA 2018