Learn about Tea Caddy

In the 17th century, tea was first introduced to Britain from the East Indies by the Dutch East India Company who had a monopoly on this trade, as well as some of the spices now in common use. As a result, the leaf tea from which the drink was made was an extremely expensive commodity, and so had to be appropriately stored and safeguarded. The tea caddy was devised for this purpose.

The first tea caddies, sometimes called tea canisters, as they were only single compartment vessels, were often of silver, and bottle shaped with a removable top that could be used to measure tea into the pot.

In the 18th century, taxes were imposed on tea making it even more expensive, and to safeguard the contents a lockable box was devised. The simple forms of these boxes had a removable receptacle to store the tea. The larger examples housed two receptacles side by side. The tea containers were often lined with a silver paper like substance presumably to protect the tea from moisture. more...

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A Georgian tea caddy, circa 1810, turtle shell and timber with silver name plate, 14 cm high, 16 cm wide, deep

A sterling silver tea caddy, 1911 Birmingham, with rubbed maker's mark, the square section caddy with canted edges having a shaped and hinged dome lid with ball knop; hallmarked underside and to interior of lid, silver weight 130gr height 9.5 cm

George iii sterling silver tea caddy with an ebony finial marked London, 1790, WS 220g

Pair of antique sterling silver lidded tea caddies, with acanthus leaf finials and pierced work leaf borders, crested with a Crown over Po, marked Jd&S Sheffield 1906, 860g, 30 cm high (2)

Art Nouveau sterling silver tea caddy cylindrical shape with detachable lid, stylised Art Nouveau floral panels, Sheffield, 1901, maker Roberts & Belk limited

A Victorian silver plain canister form tea caddy, most gilt remains to exterior and interior, plain cylinder form, recessed lid, a fine engraved elaborate crest and arms for Spencer-Bulkeley [Wynn], 3rd Baron Newborough (1803-1888) [Sable three fleurs-de-l

A pair of George III sterling silver lidded vases or tea caddies 1789 London, with maker's marks for Robert Sharp. Of elegant neoclassical form each with a waisted neck, dome lid and a tapering body flowing to a slender pedestal and a square base, with lon

An Edward VII sterling silver tea caddy by William Hutton, Birmingham 1904; 10 cm high, 165 grams

Antique sterling silver Tea caddy with fluted body and hinged lid. Marked Sheffield, Harry Atkin, 1915, approx 302g,

A 19th century European silver tea caddy, cylindrical with close-fitted cover, relief-decorated with scenes of putti in scroll-bordered reserves; marked for the importer J.G.Smith, London 1898. Height 14 cm.

A George III sterling silver oval bright cut tea caddy by Robert Hennel I, London 1776 13 cm high

Tea caddy. Sterling silver hallmarked London 1900. Height 8 cm

Sterling silver tea caddy hallmarked Birmingham 1911, 74 grams approx, 10 cm high

A Regency rosewood brass inlay tea caddy, circa 1820, William Batley London Holborn, of sarchophagus form with twin ring handles, the interior with two hinged lidded compartments, embelished with scrolling brass inlay throughout, with original Williams Bat

Sterling silver tea caddy hallmarked London 1910, Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Ltd stamped to base, 12.5 cm high approx.

A pair of George III sterling silver tea caddies. Maker Robert Hennell, London 1794

A sterling silver tea caddy, Goldsmiths and Silversmiths Company Limited, London, 1904 of knife box form, the lid surmounted by a cloverleaf loop handle, opening to reveal a gilt interior, engraved 'NM' 360 gms, 10 cm high, 9 cm wide, 9 cm deep. Property f

A George I style silver tea caddy of baluster form with close-fitted cover; C & R Comyns, London 1917. Height 13 cm. Weight 265g

A George II pedestal footed sterling silver tea caddy, 1750 London, with maker's mark for Samuel Taylor, specialist caddy maker, of shaped bulbous form and decorated in the rococo manner, bearing a contemporary coat of arms and a crest to the opposite cart

English hallmarked sterling silver Edward VII tea caddy having a plain straight -sided cylinder shape body, a pull-off lid that acts as a measure, sitting on a flat base. Stamped 144444 Birmingham, 1910, maker Martin, Hall & Co condition good to fair, dent

A Decahedron ivory veneer and brass tea caddy the panelled body articulated with brass, with a brass plate engraved 'M' within a brass inlaid dotted border at the front, 12 x 11 x 7 cm

A George III silver tea caddy by Solomon Hougham, London 1801. Of faceted oval form, the step moulded cover with ivory finial, the body with repousse bands bordering bright cut facets with ribbon and floral chassed banding, 597 grams, 16 cm width x 16.5 cm

A sterling silver tea caddy Birmingham, 1901, by William hall. Decorated with cherubs and mythological characters. Height 10 cm. Width 10 cm. Depth 8 cm. Total weight 270g.

English hallmarked sterling silver George II Bombe tea caddy. English hallmarked sterling silver George II Bombe tea caddy with scrolled floral etched & raised detail on claw feet & a 'Per Varios Casus' etched coat of arms. Some dents & a small pierced hol

Edwardian sterling silver tea caddy, hallmarked Chester 1904, 8 cm high, 77 grams approx

A c.1900 fancy silver embossed tea caddy, oval form with a full encircling repousse band of figures in a landscape including multiple buildings, fine beaded borders, oval fitted cap lid. Import marks for London 1901. Weight 193gms.

A rare George III silver tea caddy of plain oval form, the flat oval lid with concealed hinge and oval urn form finial, crested with a griffin within an oval leaf decorated framed cartouche. Original lock, no key. London 1784 by Charles Aldridge & Henry Gr

English hallmarked sterling silver Victorian tea caddy with raised bar scene design. London, 1896, maker William Moering. Height 9.7 cm. Weight 200g

Sterling silver tea caddy hallmarked Birmingham 1911, 195g approx., 8.5 cm high approx.

A sterling silver tea caddy made by James Young, London 1789, English, 18th century

Edwardian sterling silver tea caddy hallmarked Sheffield 1909, 60 grams approx, 7.5 cm high

A George III Yew Wood tea caddy, the rectangular hinged top, with silver plate ring opening to reveal a mixing bowl compartment, flanked by hinged compartments. 15 cm high, 31 cm wide, 15 cm deep

A late Victorian silver plate tea caddy, rectangular baluster form embossed with florals and scrolls, flowerhead and leaf sculpted finial, raised on four scrolling legs. Hallmarks for Rogers & Slater

A good Edwardian silver tea caddy in the Adams manner, oval form, the fitted lid with domed central section and ebony finial, all fitted to a conforming boat form tray, raised on compressed ball feet, fine reeded rims. London 1906 by Martin Hall & Co. Tota

A Georgian sterling silver oval tea caddy the lid and body with bright cutting and engraved floral borders. crest and ivory knop. Marks London 1799. Weight: 334g. Height 14 cm

An early 20th century silver tea caddy of serpentine rectangular form, the oval domed hinged lid with ivory finial, raised on compressed bun feet. London 1914 by S.W. Smith & Co. 11 x 8 x 10.5 cm Weight 287gms