A delightful Georgian mahogany veneered tea caddy with hidden drawer, Georgian silver caddy spoon, and original lock and key.
Terrific brass carrying handle to the top, which complements the brass escutcheon. The top opens to reveal three divisions, which would have originally had tin canisters for the tea. To access the hidden drawer, you have to pull up one of the sides (see photos). It slides up, revealing the mahogany drawer, which can be pulled out by catching hold of the small brass drop ring handle. These hidden drawers are quite convincingly conceived and would have been the place where the silver caddy spoon was concealed, in order to stop those pesky servants from liberating them. I have therefore put an old Georgian silver spoon that I had in a drawer, in the caddy drawer. The end of it appears to have been nibbled away, but it looks the part. Incidentally, it was made in 1806 by Edward Mayfield, a London silver maker. The original faded and moth eaten velvet lining of the lid, has been replaced. It sits quite proudly on four ogee feet.
Extensively (but sympathetically) cleaned, re-waxed and polished. It needed a few small areas of veneer repair. I don't think the hidden drawer had been access for 200 years or so, as it was completely jammed, and it took me about an hour to eventually free it up. It has restored very well indeed and is again in a very good presentable condition. The lid has become slightly twisted to one side, over the years, but is closes and locks well.
Measurements: 26 cm wide, 15.5 cm deep and 18.5 cm high (with the handle lying flat).

18th Century Chippendale Tea Caddy with Hidden Drawer, Spoon and Key, Circa 1770

  • Cleaned and restored (where necessary) to a high presentable standard. All you need to do is wipe over with a soft cloth from time to time. Occasionally use a spray furniture polish that contains bees wax, which will maintain its satin sheen. Please don’t use a silicone spray as this could be detrimental to the waxed surface.