A very appealing William IV sarcophagus shaped rosewood veneered tea caddy with white metal stringing and mother of pearl decoration. Has its original mixing bowl and original lock and key.The top has a central mother of pearl cartouche which matches the escutcheon. The central area of the top has a raised rectangular section with decorative moulding around the perimeter. On the sides, there are ornate brass knobs. The brass hinged top lifts to reveal a central cut glass mixing bowl, tightly housed within its reservoir. On either side are the tea repositories, each with rosewood veneered lids with turned wooden knobs. The insides have their original foil linings which are still entirely intact - something of a rarity! The inside of the main lid has been lined with a plum coloured velvet, which again is original. It sits on four wooden bun feet.It has been cleaned, re-waxed and polished. There is an age related shrinkage crack which can only be seen when the mixing bowl has been removed. The rosewood veneer is in excellent condition without ever having had restoration. A lovely tea caddy in overall terrific condition!Measurements: 34 cm wide (counting the knobs), 16 cm deep and 16.5 cm high.
William IV sarcophagus shaped Tea Caddy with Mixing Bowl and Key, circa 1830
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.