A good early Victorian rosewood veneered sarcophagus shaped tea caddy with hobnail glass mixing bowl on a petal foot. Original brass lock with an old key adapted to work in it.The brass hinged top opens to reveal a central red reservoir containing the mixing bowl with the tea kept on either side within storage areas that have rosewood veneered lids with turned bone knobs. They are foil lined, which has worn off in areas, as is often the case. The inside of the main lid is lined with the original red waxed paper with an embossed floral pattern, typical of its time. It has a horizontal shrinkage crack which is age related. To the front of the lock, there is a round mother of pearl escutcheon. The key works nicely in the lock with a reassuring click. It helps when locking, to press the top down lightly in order for the lock keep to locate perfectly - one of its little idiosyncrasies. It has a plinth around the base and sits on four bun feet.It has been cleaned, re-waxed and polished. It has had some minor restoration to the veneer and is again in very good presentable condition.Measurements: 30 cm wide, 15.5 cm deep and 19 cm high.
Early Victorian Sarcophagus shaped Tea Caddy with Mixing Bowl & Key