Pair of Regency Tortoiseshell Tea Caddies
Dating to the Regency Period Circa 1815 From our Tea Caddy collection, we are pleased to offer a pair of Regency Tortoiseshell Tea Caddies. The Tea Caddies of oval shape with a pressed rib design to the centre of the... Read More
Press Ribbed Body & Silvered Ball Feet
Dating to the Regency Period Circa 1815
From our Tea Caddy collection, we are pleased to offer a pair of Regency Tortoiseshell Tea Caddies. The Tea Caddies of oval shape with a pressed rib design to the centre of the body. The caddies stood upon four silvered bun feet with a slightly domed convex lid surmounted by a silvered ball matching the feet. The exterior is finished with an oval silvered escutcheon. The interior retains traces of the original foil lining with a Tortoiseshell lid and turned bone handle. Beneath the lid of one caddy is a sticker reading ‘DAW 39 Cheapside’ which we believe were retailers in London of boxes and writing implements. The pair date to the early 19th century during the short-lived Regency era (1811-1820) and the reign of Prince George circa 1811.
Each Tea Caddy comes complete with a working lock and tasselled key.
Tortoiseshell describes a type of decorative material made from the shells of certain species of sea turtles. The shells of these turtles are composed of a hard, glossy substance called keratin, which can be cut and shaped into a variety of decorative items. Tortoiseshell has been used for centuries to make a range of decorative objects, including combs, brush handles, and other small items. It is also sometimes used to make tea caddies, as it is strong, durable, and can be polished to a high shine. The term “tortoiseshell” is used to describe these decorative items, even though they are made from the shells of sea turtles because the term has been used historically to refer to this material.
Regency is an era of British history between 1811 and 1820. The Regency era was initiated by King George III first suffered a debilitating illness in the late 1780s. He relapsed into his mental illness in 1810 and by the Regency Act in 1811 his eldest son George, Prince of Wales, was appointed prince regent to discharge royal functions. When George III died in 1820, the Prince Regent succeeded him as George IV.
If you are purchasing Tortoiseshell or Ivory pieces and are outside the E.U. you must have a CITES certificate in order to import the item into your country. We can obtain these on your behalf at a cost of £50 and these can take up to 14 working days to arrive at our office. Due to the strict exporting rules of these pieces, they may also come with further shipping costs. Please ensure you contact us prior to purchase for a quote.
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