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Rare Coopered Barrel Advertising Tea Caddy

£ POA

Reference
323982
Height
25.5 cm (10")
Width
23 cm (9")
Depth
14 cm (5 1/2")
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 as to be painted with the word 'TEA' but on close inspection its inlaid.

Charming and rare tea caddy perfect for any tea shop or tea caddy collector / collection.

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.
Height
25.5 cm (10")
Width
23 cm (9")
Depth
14 cm (5 1/2")
Period
Victorian
Year
Circa 1840
Medium
Wood, Brass
Country
United Kingdom
Provenance
This tea caddy was exhibited at the East India Company, 7/8 Conduit Street, Mayfair, London W1S 2XF