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Bombe shaped mahogany tea chest  with liftout metal containers, circa 1770

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Reference: TC572

Description:
TC572:  A mahogany veneered tea chest of bombe shape with rope twist banding, containing three lidded metal canisters.  Note the exceptionally good patina.  A tea chest of similar form was auctioned in 1984 bearing the label Braithwaite. This name is consistent with recorded makers in London and York at the correct date. Note the surviving traces of leading on the sides of the wooden lid.  Circa 1760-70.

Origin: UK  Circa: 1760-1770; Materials: mahogany

 

Size: It measures 9.9  inches wide  by 5.8  inches deep and it is 5.9 inches  high: 25.2 cm wide by 14.8 cm deep by 15 cm high.

Condition: good overall,    see images.
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TC572: A mahogany veneered tea chest of bombe shape with rope twist banding, containing three lidded metal canisters.  Note the exceptionally good patina.  A tea chest of similar form was auctioned in 1984 bearing the label Braithwaite. This name is consistent with recorded makers in London and York at the correct date. Note the surviving traces of leading on the sides of the wooden lid.  Circa 1760-70. Enlarge Picture

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The caddy has three tinned ferrous metal lift out containers. The inside of the lid is lined with worn velvet which looks original.

Note the surviving traces of leading on the sides of the wooden lid.

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The rope twist bandings are made from alternate pieces of rosewood and boxwood. 

 

Side view showing the beautiful structure of the chest and the rich patina.

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Back view.

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Other side.

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Top with original handle. There are two small black marks made by the handle, when it lay flat, over the years on either side.  

 

The containers out of the chest.

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The interior is also leaded under the canisters.

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The old velvet cover with metallic cloth trimming.

 

The lock.

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The underside.

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