England, c1790-1810




Of large size, the fruitwood pear-form tea caddy with nicely matched hinged cover and box,

having a circular grain pattern over each side,

the lid with an upright stem and the box with steel keyhole escutcheon;

 the interior with remains of older or original foil; retaining original key


Introduced in the late 18th century, fruit-forms are today probably the most sought-after of all caddies. 

There is conjecture that these caddies were made in imitation of the early 18th century Chinese pears and aubergines.  English (and German) examples were predominately apples and pears;

however cantaloupes, aubergines, and even strawberries and pineapples have been found. 

Unlike the Chinese caddies, which had contrasting woods and screw-on lids,

the European models were simply polished or varnished,

having loosely fitted hinged lids that were lifted by means of a stalk -

many of with have been broken or lost. 

The interiors were lined with foil, softly disintegrated through years of use.

Such is their popularity that many imitations are still made today.

However this one is from the late 18th or early 19th century English Georgian period.


Condition :  Good to excellent; the hinge slightly loose, with two minor shrinkage lines to either side of the hinge;

the stem possibly replaced; waxed surface


6” High






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George III Fruitwood Apple-Form Tea Caddy, c1790-1810

George III Fruitwood Pear-Form Tea Caddy, c1790-1810



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George III Fruitwood Pear-Form Tea Caddy with Original Key, of large size, England c1790-1810