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Antique Squash Pumpkin Tea Caddy

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500238 - TPCEX
Height
15 cm (6")
Diameter
12 cm (4 3/4")
Large pumpkin or squash tea caddy with fantastic green & yellow mottled decoration. Features six equal grooved segments with an unusually shaped squared stalk. The front has a oval shaped cut-steel escutcheon. The interior has cut steel hinge, lock and still has traces of its original foil lining.

This wonderfully rare squash pumpkin tea caddy has superb colour, patination and comes with a fully working lock and tasselled key.

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.

Today Tea Caddies are sought after as decorative pieces, in all shapes & forms.

All our items come with 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.
Height
15 cm (6")
Diameter
12 cm (4 3/4")
Period
George III
Year
Circa 1800
Medium
Wood, Steel
Country
Hungary
Exhibitions
BADA, LAPADA, ANTIQUES FOR EVERYONE, BLENHIEM PALACE CADA
Condition
A1