An Unusual Set Of Georgian Glass And Silver Tea Caddies In Their Original Fitted Box
Stock Number : 46330
Origin : London
Date : circa 1775
Maker : Possibly John Wren ( being the only similar mark in Jacksons )
Central Oblong Mixing Bowl With Silver Lid,, Displaying A Coat Of Arms
Length : 5″
Height : 5 1/2″
Width : 2 3/4″
Two Matching Tea Caddies With Matching Lids And Baring Matching Crests
Length : 5 1/4″
Height : 5 1/2″
Width : 2 3/4″ Both with faceted corners to one side as part of the design.
Length : 12″
Width : 7″
Height : 6 1/2″
All the pieces have been crafted to fit snugly into the original box and liner.
There are some signs of wear commensurate with the age of the items and regular use in days gone by however the items look fantastic individually and complement each other to complete the whole boxed set.
This piece is typical of the period and no doubt could have been used in the 18th century tea ceremonies that were popular at the time. Tea was, in the early to mid 18th century, considered quite a luxury and commanded a high retail price. Tea was a valuable household requisite and was afforded great respect hence the advent of lockable tea caddies. The need for security passed as the product became more affordable and in good supply.
As well as the lovely design and fitments the box also offers a glimpse into the past with a rare sprung lock mechanism to help keep the contents secure and would be lock pickers within the establishment at bay. This mechanism is in working condition and comes with the original key.
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