Regency Period Faux Tortoiseshell Tea Caddy

REF: 6002

Regency Period Faux Tortoiseshell Tea Caddy

REF: 6002

Regency period faux tortoiseshell tea caddy, the interior with two compartments, retaining turned knobs, original gilt bronze feet and escutcheons

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  • Height 13.97 cm / 5 12"
  • Width 17.78 cm / 7 14"
  • Depth 10.16 cm / 4 14"
  • Period 1800-1849
  • Year c. 1820
  • Country England
  • Provenance The word Tea Caddy is believed to be derived from catty, the Chinese pound, equal to about a pound and a third avoirdupois. The earliest examples that came to Europe were of Chinese porcelain, and approximated in shape to the ginger-jar. They had lids or stoppers likewise of china, and were most frequently blue and white. Until about 1800 they were called tea canisters rather than caddies.