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 Regency burr walnut tea caddy, English, 19th century, 16 cm high, 30 cm wide, 14.5 cm deep

A Georgian burr walnut and rosewood dome top tea caddy., the caddy is of unusual concave shape. The interior is in original condition with two canisters and crystal mixing bowl.

Georgian walnut sarcophagus shaped tea caddy. Width 29 cm

A Georgian walnut tea caddy, 13 cm high, 21 cm wide, 12 cm deep

A Victorian burr walnut, domed top, tea caddy, mid to late 19th century, decorated with cross banded veneer, interlocking, key designs, the interior having two lidded, compartments with brass turned knob handles

19th century burr walnut two division tea caddy of sarcophagus form with a key 21 x 13 x 16 cm

A Victorian figured walnut and fruitwood strung tea caddy with fitted interior. Width 28 cm

A Regency mahogany, walnut and fruitwood tea caddy, sarcophagus form with diamond-lozenge escutcheon; fitted interior. Width 27 cm

An early Victorian burr walnut tea caddy with boxwood stringing between all panels. Two lidded compartments with bone knobs. Side handles removed. Length 19 cm

A Victorian period walnut tea caddy, the dome top and front with decoratively cut-out brass panels inlaid with agate cabochon stones, the interior with two domed lidded compartments, original lining to lid. 23.5 cm x 12.5 cm x 15.5 cm

An early Victorian burr walnut tea caddy, the interior with two lidded compartments and paper lining to lid, brass keyhole escutcheon. 21.5 cm x 13 cm x 12.5 cm

Victorian tea caddy, with burr walnut veneer, 21 cm wide, 12.5 cm high approx

A large cross banded mahogany tea caddy 19th century, with a fully fitted interior inlaid with burr walnut, lacking the mixing bowl 17.5 x 39.5 x 19 cm

A walnut tea caddy with brass strap and 'Rope-Work' binding and conforming plaque to the lid, the interior with glass lined compartments, one faulted. 26 cm x 17 cm x 16 cm

Burr walnut early 19th century carved tea caddy with two internal compartments and carved dome panel featuring acorns dimensions 33 x 20 x 16 cm

Georgian walnut tea caddy. Sarcophagus shape, two internal lidded compartments. Mother of pearl escutcheon. Bun feet. Length 21 cm. Height 14 cm

A 19th century tea caddy, of domed casket form, burr walnut veneer inlaid with two bands of Tunbridge inlay, the interior with two lidded compartments. Width 18 cm

Walnut tea caddy with fitted interior and key dimensions 31 x 16 x 16 cm

An early Victorian walnut tea caddy octagonal with mahogany edge and fitted interior lid. Bone knobs

English 19th century tea caddy with walnut and fruitwood inlay

A good Victorian period brass mounted walnut two compartment tea caddy, the domed top set with a central circular black banded agate. Length 20 cm

Georgian walnut tea caddy, with three internal lidded compartments. Bracket feet. Width 26 cm height 16 cm

A walnut dome topped tea caddy, 19th century, the hinged lid above a fitted interior set with two hinged lidded compartments. Height 15 cm. Width 22 cm. Depth 14 cm

A Georgian walnut tea caddy, circa 1790, the serpentine fronted caddy with hinged lid set with tulip wood banding and a fitted interior of two hinged lidded caddies. Height 16 cm. Length 27 cm. Width 17 cm

A Victorian walnut and brass mounted domed top tea caddy, 16 x 23 cm, size 16 x 23 cm

A George III burr walnut tea caddy, the sarcophagus hinged top, opening to reveal two compartments and original central cut glass mixing bowl, ivory escutcheon on brass bun feet. Width 31 cm. Depth 16 cm. Height 18 cm

A Victorian burr walnut tea caddy, inlaid with mixed woods, with domed lid and two lidded compartments

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