A very nice Regency sarcophagus shaped, flamed mahogany veneered tea caddy, with glass mixing bowl and key.
The top has a raised rectangular apex, framed with egg and dart moulding. It opens to reveal a glass mixing bowl that sits within its own central reservoir that has a red velvet lined top. On either side are the compartments for tea that have lift off lids with small brass knobs and inlay around their outer edges. Although the mixing bowl fits perfectly, I think it has to be a Victorian replacement as it has been made out of moulded glass. This wasn't in use until about 1850. It is however, in excellent condition, without any chips or cracks. There is a shield shaped bone escutcheon. The lock looks original but it has had a new link plate (the thing fixed to the lid). The key is old but not the original one - works well enough. The interior of the lid is again veneered in flamed mahogany. On the base are four wooden bun feet which it sits on quite happily.
Cleaned, re-waxed and polished. There have been some old minor repairs made to the veneer and there are some minor shrinkage cracks to the veneer on the top, consistent with its age. It is in overall excellent condition with very good colour.
Measurements: 31 cm wide, 15 cm deep and just over 18 cm high.

Regency Sarcophagus shaped Tea Caddy with Mixing Bowl & Key, circa 1820


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