An appealing Regency mahogany veneered tea caddy of rectangular form. Hand blown glass mixing bowl and original lock with an old key adapted to work. it locks well but has to be turned completely clockwise to unlock it.There is a central copper elliptical drop handle to the top, and a diamond shaped bone escutcheon to the front. Mahogany veneered with boxwood strung edges. The top opens revealing a well constucted interior with a central mixing bowl, within its own green baize lined reservoir. The lidded tea compartments are on either side. The foil linings of the tea compartment are still fully intact, which is something of a rarity. The edges of the lids are again strung with boxwood, as is the timber area of the mixing bowl reservoir. |The lids have turned bone circular knobs. The mixing bowl has a polished pontil mark to the bottom. In good condition apart from a tiny nibble on the rim, that is difficult to see, but can be felt. The inside of the brass hinged top has a typical Regency red waxed paper lining.Cleaned, re-waxed and polished. There has been some previous restoration to the veneer, which has been proffesionaly done and it is in overall excellent condition.Measurements: 30.5cm wide, 15.2cm deep, and 15.8cm high.
Regency Tea Caddy with Glass 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.