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Rare Coopered Barrel Advertising Tea Caddy

£2,750.00

Rare Coopered Barrel Tea Caddy with brass straps, mahogany plinth base with turned bun feet and removable lid with acorn finial inlaid with a star motif. The front from distance appears to be painted with the word "TEA" but on... Read More

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Rare Coopered Barrel Tea Caddy with brass straps, mahogany plinth base with turned bun feet and removable lid with acorn finial inlaid with a star motif.

The front from distance appears to be painted with the word “TEA” but on close inspection, it’s inlaid in Ebony.

Charming and rare tea caddy perfect for any tea shop or tea caddy collector/collection. This we suspect was commissioned for a tea a luxury tea shop.

Provenance: Sold at Grosvenor house antique fair in the 1970s, purchased by Trade prior to opening and been in their private collection ever since.

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.

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