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Antique Boxes in English Society
1760 -1900
Tea Caddies and Tea
Tea Caddies and Tea



A Very Fine Burr Chestnut Three Compartment Regency Tea Caddy circa 1815.
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This is a very fine Burr Chestnut three compartment Regency tea caddy. It was made in England around 1815.  

The caddy is veneered in thick saw cut veneers of highly figured burr chestnut.  It is edged with  box wood.

 It stands on incredible gilt ball and claw feet.   

It measures 11inches wide, 6 inches deep and 8 inches high.

The caddy is in very good original condition 


The handles are original and made in pressed brass in the form of an Egyptian inspired leopard. This is a rare form.  

Prominent designers and cabinet makers of the period showed strong  classical influences and references in their work  during  the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

 The side view illustrates the superb classical proportions of this caddy. 


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The caddy has awesome claw and ball feet. 


Inside the caddy are two lift out canisters, are considerably narrower than is usual.

  The canisters are  made of mahogany and retain some of the original lead lining. This is the correct state for a caddy of this type. There has been no attempt to reline the caddy with "full" later lead.




 The cut glass bowl is flanked by the two canisters which are of narrower than normal proportions.
The bowl which dates from the same period as the caddy is of heavy crystal and hand cut. 
For the historical context of this caddy read the relevant part of Antigone's Online Antique Box Book. If you click here you will go there.

 We are preparing a highly illustrated book on Antique Boxes  for publication next year by Schiffer Books USA. This box has been photographed with a view to including the pictures. 

  © 2001 Antigone Clarke and Joseph O'Kelly