GEORGE III SILVER-MOUNTED TORTOISESHELL TEA CADDY
The small octagonal tortoiseshell tea caddy with bone stringing opening to a tortoiseshell
foil lined interior with tortoiseshell inner lid, the outer lid and keyhole escutcheons of silver
Condition: Excellent; fabric on verso replaced
Highly polished tortoiseshell tea caddies became popular in the 1780's. These were of small octagonal form, primarily
to accommodate the small panels of shell, that were further divided by contrasting stringing. Most have silver mounts. This is
an early example, in perfect condition, retaining its inner tortoiseshell lid and foil-covered panels. It is far rarer than the
later and larger Regency and Victorian examples.
4.25”H x 4.75”W x 3.25”D
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