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Tea Caddy
Tea Caddy

Tea caddy is the name for a small box made to hold tea leaves. In the eighteenth century, tea was very expensive and it was stored under lock and key. The first tea caddies were made with locks. By the nineteenth century, tea was more plentiful and the tea caddy was larger. Often there were two sections, one for green tea, one for black tea. Tea caddies were made of porcelain, silver, or, for the less well-to-do, painted tin. 

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 Tea CaddyMahogany Quarter Fan, String Inlays, Ivory Escutcheon, Lift Top, Fitted Interior, 7 x 12 In.2015Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea CaddyMahogany Rectangular, Inlays, Brass Bail Handles, Divided Interior, c.1850, 6 x 12 In.2015Login / Create Account for Price
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 Tea CaddyPapier-Mache Black, Mother-Of-Pearl Designs, Fitted Interior, c.1900, 6 x 8 In.2015Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea CaddyPapier-Mache Dome Lid, Mother-Of-Pearl Inlay, Coffin Shape, c.1890, 8 x 15 In.2015Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea CaddyPapier-Mache Mother-Of-Pearl Inlay, Gilt, Shaped Square, c.1850, 5 3/4 x 8 In.2015Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea CaddyPenwork Coffin Shape, Chinoiserie Image, 2 Interior Compartments, Bone Handles, 9 x 6 In.2015Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea CaddyPine Red Grain Paint, Pa., c.1850, 5 3/4 x 11 1/2 In.2015Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea CaddyPoplar Hinged Lid, Green Paper Interior, Rectangular Shape, c.1820, 4 3/4 x 7 1/2 In.2015Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea CaddyPorcelain Octagonal, Footed, Lid, Cherry Blossom Branch, Chinese, 6 x 5 In.2015Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea CaddyRosewood Brass Inlay, Lion's Head Handles, Footed, 1800s, 8 x 14 In.2015Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea CaddyRosewood Geometric Inlay, 2 Lidded Compartments, England, 1800s, 4 1/2 x 8 1/2 In.2015Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea CaddyRosewood Ivory Hinged Interior Boxes, Georgian, 12 x 7 In.2015Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea CaddyRosewood Mother-Of-Pearl Escutcheon, Ball Feet, c.1840, 5 x 8 In.2015Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea CaddyRosewood Mother-Of-Pearl Inlay, c.1850, 7 1/2 x 13 3/4 In.2015Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea CaddyRosewood Tunbridge Inlay, Hinged Lid, Victorian, 12 In.2015Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea CaddySilver Engraved Leaves, 8-Sided, Middle East, c.1825, 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 In.2015Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea CaddySilver Lid, Squared Shoulders, Tapered, Embossed, Dancing Figures, Germany, 5 x 8 In.2015Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea CaddySilver Repousse, Figures, Drinking, Eating, Herringbone, Derby Silver Co., 5 x 3 x 3 In.2015Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea CaddyTortoiseshell Breakfront, Hinged Lid, Ivory Pulls, Flattened Bun Feet, 5 x 8 In.2015Login / Create Account for Price
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 Tea CaddyTortoiseshell George III, Coffin Lid, Ball Feet, c.1800, 5 1/4 x 5 In.2015Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea CaddyTortoiseshell Hinged Lid, Tapered, Silver Plaque, Ivory Bun Feet, c.1815, 6 x 8 In.2015Login / Create Account for Price
 Tea CaddyTortoiseshell Ivory, Inner Compartment, Ball Feet, Key, England, 1800s, 3 1/4 In.2015Login / Create Account for Price


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