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SAUNDERS & SHEPHERD, LONDON Tortoiseshell & Silver Tea Caddy

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Reference
1689GAE
Height
9 cm (3 1/2")
Width
8 cm (3 1/4")
Depth
6 cm (2 1/4")
Tortoiseshell and Silver Tea Caddy with inverted sides having a engraved applied silver mount with the word Tea on the front. This delightful collectable tea caddy is hallmarked Chester by silversmiths Cornelius Desormeaux Saunders & James Francis Hollings (Frank) Shepherd.

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.

Important information below.

If you are purchasing Tortoiseshell 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.

All our items come with authentication certificate with image, 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
9 cm (3 1/2")
Width
8 cm (3 1/4")
Depth
6 cm (2 1/4")
Year
c. 1896
Medium
Tortoiseshell, Silver
Country
United Kingdom
Provenance
This tea caddy was exhibited at the East India Company, 7/8 Conduit Street, Mayfair, London W1S 2XF