Price Drop: This tea caddy is now priced at just $99! No additional discounts apply.
Reproduced from an antique octagonal tea chest circa 1740-1760, this outstanding mahogany finished tea caddy requires a skilled craftsman hand-fitting more than 25 separate pieces. Lined with foil and completed with beautiful, polished brass hardware, this tea chest features a distinctive lock and key to keep your valuables safe. The original tea caddy is in the collections of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.
- Made of wood with mahogany finish
- Polished brass hardware
- Lock and key
- Measures approximately 4.75” tall, 5.75” diameter
- Williamsburg Exclusive!
Tea was first introduced into England from the Orient during the middle of the seventeenth century. Within a century tea drinking became an integral part of English and colonial culture. The tea had to be kept fresh but also safe from theft since it was a very expensive commodity. Thus, the tea was stored in special containers with locks to which the mistress of the house held the key. These highly valued accessories were available in numerous fashionable styles and shapes.
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Years ago I worked at the Craft House. I would look at this tea caddy and say "one day". That day has come. It's beautiful and looks like the ones sold there. Not made in America like before but what is. I bought the jewelry box as well. After the holidays they will be on our mantle.