A rather nice Regency flamed mahogany veneered tea caddy with rosewood crossbanding and ebonised edging, glass mixing bowl, conch shell inlay to inside of the lid, removable brass lidded tea canisters, and the original brass lock and key.The lid opens to reveal a central reservoir with what looks to be the original blown glass mixing bowl. It has a 1 cm chip to the base (see photo) but no other chips or cracks. On either side are the tea canisters with brass hinged flamed mahogany lids with ebonised edging. On a minor point, the lids are slightly twisted and therefore do not lie completely flat. On the inside of the lid, there is the striking oval conch shell inlay on a stained green background, which in turn, sits within a background of flamed mahogany veneer, It is further enhanced by the ebonised edges of the lid which act as a picture frame. It has a bone, diamond shaped escutcheon, which leads to the working lock and key. I think it originally would have had drop ring handles on each side, as there are small squares of veneer where they would have been (see photo-end view). Its been well undertaken however, and isn't that noticeable. There is a raised veneer border around the front and sides of the base and it sits on four wooden bun feet.Cleaned, re-waxed and polished. The veneer of the tea caddy is in good order throughout and it is in overall very good presentable condition.Measurements: 31 cm wide, 16 cm deep and 16.5 cm high.
Regency Tea Caddy with Crossbanding, Mixing Bowl and Key, circa 1820
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.