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A continental pearwood tea caddy decorated with cut steel 1820-1840.

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Reference: TC138

Description:
TC138: A continental pearwood tea caddy decorated with cut steel. Circa 1820-1840.

The cut steel pins are faceted and jewel-like. Cut steel was used in the late 18th Century for jewelry and precious objects. The pins are faceted like precious stones 

Origin: Circa: 1820-1840 Materials: pearwood and steel.

Size: It measures 7.1 inches wide  by  4.7 inches deep and it is 4 inches  high:  18 cm wide by 12 cm deep by 10 cm high. 

Condition: good overall,  some cracking to the veneer see images.
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The inlaid escutcheon is ebony.

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Detail top: There is a "W" written in the faceted steel pins.

Cut steel work developed in Russia but became very popular in France during the 19th Century for the decoration of Palais Royal boxes.

See: page 245 Antique Boxes, Tea Caddies, and Society -- 1700--1880, ISBN: 0764316885  Antigone Clarke & Joseph O'Kelly, A Schiffer Book for collectors.

 

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