A handsome looking Georgian mahogany veneered tea caddy with rope inlaid marquetry banding to the outer edges. Has the original working lock and key.The top has a fancy central brass carrying handle. It opens to reveal three divided compartments which would have originally been fitted with tin canisters for the tea. There is a slightly raised ebony diamond shaped escutcheon to the front. It design of the box is rectangular in shape and it sits on a raised ogee plinth. The underside of the base has been given a new green velvet lining.Cleaned, re-waxed and polished. There was some evidence of woodworm to the bottom of the base which looked to be old, but was treated, as a precaution. Some slight shrinkage cracking to the veneer, in a couple of places, but very stable and remains in excellent condition for its age, with a lovely deep grain pattern to the mahogany.Measurements: 26 cm wide, 15 cm deep and 15 cm high.
Georgian Tea Caddy of Rectangular Form with Key, circa 1780
Cleaned and restored to a high standard. All you need to do is wipe over with a soft cloth from time to time. You can 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.