Regency Blonde Tortoiseshell Tea Chest
Lion Paw Feet From our Tea Caddy collection, we are thrilled to offer this Regency Blonde Tortoiseshell Tea Chest. The Tea Chest of sarcophagus shape with twin loop lion mask handles, a tapered body and a domed lid with a... Read More
Containing Two Tea Caddies and Sugar Bowl
Lion Paw Feet
From our Tea Caddy collection, we are thrilled to offer this Regency Blonde Tortoiseshell Tea Chest. The Tea Chest of sarcophagus shape with twin loop lion mask handles, a tapered body and a domed lid with a concave panel. The Tea Chest covered in Blonde Tortoiseshell raised upon four Silvered lion claw feet. The top of the chest has a vacant initial plaque with a matching escutcheon to the front. Upon opening the Tea Chest the interior is lined in beige velvet and features two removable Tea Caddies with Tortoiseshell hinged lids and a central period cut glass sugar bowl. The Tea Chest dates to the early 19th century during the short-lived Regency era (1811-1820) and the reign of Prince George circa 1811.
The Tea Chest comes complete with 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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