A charming Regency two division mahogany veneered tea caddy, with shell motif to the top and boxwood stringing to the edges. Original lock with an old key adapted to work in it. Comes with a silver shovel shaped caddy spoon, which was made in 1825 by Robert Mitchel, a Birmingham silver smith, and they probably have been together, since that date. Very ornate in detail and with a weight of 7 grams. There is a slight tear to the side (see photo) which is reflected in the price.The brass hinged top lifts to reveal the two sections, that have mahogany lids with small turned bone knobs. There are a few remnants of the original foil lining, within the tea reservoirs. The lining on the base has been replaced with the identical, but less faded green hessian.Has a slight age related shrinkage crack towards the back of the left hand side. has been wax filled and is in quite stable condition. Also has an old but well undertaken veneer repair to back. Cleaned, re-waxed and polished. Again in excellent presentable condition.Measurements: 21.8 cm wide, 11.8 cm deep and 11.6 cm high.
Regency Tea Caddy of Rectangular form, with Silver Caddy Spoon & Key, circa 1825
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.