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English inlaid tea caddy with brass paw feet
Located in Charleston, SC
English inlaid tea caddy with brass paw feet
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Antique 1790s English Tea Caddies

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Mahogany

19th Century Chinese Canton Export Lacquered Giltwood Tea Caddy on Shishi Feet
Located in Haarlem, NL
Clover or quartreform shaped mid-19th century Chinese canton export tea caddy in gold lacquered wood on a black background. Decorated with palace scenes animated with figures engage...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Chinese Export Tea Caddies

Materials

Pewter

George III Mahogany Inlaid Tea Caddy on Bun Feet
Located in Salisbury, GB
George III mahogany inlaid tea caddy on bun feet. (Provenance - from the estate of the late Lady Dodds).
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Antique 18th Century British George III Tea Caddies

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Mahogany

  • George III Mahogany Inlaid Tea Caddy on Bun Feet
  • George III Mahogany Inlaid Tea Caddy on Bun Feet
  • George III Mahogany Inlaid Tea Caddy on Bun Feet
  • George III Mahogany Inlaid Tea Caddy on Bun Feet
H 5.12 in. W 7.49 in. D 4.53 in.
Tartan Ware McLean Antique Tea Caddy Brass Ball Feet, 19th Century
Located in Northampton, United Kingdom
Tartan Ware tea caddy with shaped mother of pearl escutcheon. Opening this fabulous Tartan Ware Tea Caddy reveals two hinged sycamore lids, one foil debossed with the “Smiths Mauch...
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Antique 19th Century British William IV Tea Caddies

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Brass

19th c. English Tortoise Shell Tea Caddy with Ivory Bun Feet
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Early 19th c. English Tortoise Shell Tea Caddy with Ivory Bun Feet and Red Velvet Interior.
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Antique 19th Century English Tea Caddies

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Ivory

19th Century English Tortoiseshell Tea Caddy with Bone Feet and Interior
Located in Charleston, SC
Great 19th century English tortoise shell tea caddy with bone feet and interior.
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Antique 19th Century English Tea Caddies

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Bone, Tortoise Shell

George III Bone Stringed Tortoise Shell Tea Caddy on Brass Ball Feet
Located in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Resting on four brass ball feet this fine Georgian tea caddy features book matched tortoise shell on all visible surfaces elegantly stringed with bone along the edges. The hinged top...
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Antique Early 19th Century English George III Tea Caddies

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Brass, Zinc

English Georgian Tortoise Shell Hinged Tea Caddy with Brass Ball Feet, C. 1810
Located in Charleston, SC
English Georgian tortoise shell hinged tea caddy with a domed lid, centered silver bail handle, diamond shaped escutcheon, fitted interior with two lidded tortoiseshell compartments,...
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Antique 1810s English Georgian Tea Caddies

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Silver, Brass

George III Tea Caddy Rosewood with Boxwood edges on Ball and Claw Feet
Located in Lincoln, Lincolnshire
This is a good, high quality, English, Georgian period tea caddy, circa 1815. The tea caddy has a sarcophagus shape with two lidded internal compartments. It has been very carefu...
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Antique Early 19th Century English George III Tea Caddies

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Brass

Superior Early 19th Century Georgian Tortoiseshell Tea Caddy on Lion's Paw Feet
Located in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
For connoisseurs this fine tea caddy is a gem. All surfaces are clad with silver stringed tortoise shell and the domed octagonal body elegantly raised on gilt bronze lion paw feet co...
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Antique Early 19th Century English Georgian Tea Caddies

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Silver, Bronze

19th Century English Tortoise Shell Tea Caddy with Bone Feet and Interior
Located in Charleston, SC
19th century English tortoise shell tea caddy with bone feet and interior.
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Antique 19th Century English Tea Caddies

Materials

Bone, Tortoise Shell

English Tortoise Shell and Mother-of-Pearl Tea Caddy with Ball Feet, Circa 1810
Located in Charleston, SC
English Tortoise shell, Ivory, and Mother-of-pearl inlay serpentine tea caddy with a paktong hinged top reveling two lidded compartments, centered paktong square escutcheon, and term...
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Antique 1810s English George III Tea Caddies

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Steel, Foil

Georgian Mahogany Caddy Writing Box on Brass Feet
Located in Worcester, Worcestershire
Period Georgian. Wood mahogany. Width 25 cm / 9 3/4 in. Depth 15 cm / 6 in. Height 16 cm / 6 1/4 in. Condition good condition. Some marks commensurate with age. Very sturdy. ...
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Antique 18th Century Tea Caddies

Materials

Mahogany

Shapely English Victorian Bombe-Form Mahogany Tea Caddy on Bun Feet
Located in San Francisco, CA
A shapely English Victorian bombe-form mahogany tea caddy on bun feet; the shaped lid opening to reveal double compartments; resting on a waisted body all-over bun feet.
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Antique Late 19th Century English Victorian Tea Caddies

Early 19th Century English Regency Tortoiseshell Tea Caddy with Bun Feet
Located in Atlanta, GA
Regency period tortoiseshell tea caddy with skirted base and bun feet, England, early 19th century.
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Antique Early 19th Century English Regency Tea Caddies

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Tortoise Shell

Superior 19th Century English Georgian Tortoise Shell Tea Caddy on Ivory Feet
Located in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
For connoisseurs this fine tea caddy is a gem. All surfaces are clad with silver stringed tortoise shell and the octagonal and wonderfully shaped body is raised on turned ivory feet....
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Antique Early 19th Century English Georgian Tea Caddies

Materials

Silver

George III Tea Caddy Mahogany with Boxwood Edges on Ball and Claw Feet
Located in Lincoln, Lincolnshire
This is a good, high quality, English, Georgian period tea caddy with two lidded compartments, circa 1815. The tea caddy has a sarcophagus shape with two lidded internal compartme...
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Antique Early 19th Century English George III Tea Caddies

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Brass

Antique Mother-of-Pearl Tea Caddy Box with Silver Lock & Hinges and Bone Feet
Located in Lisse, NL
Stunning and entirely handcrafted teacaddy from circa 1860. This handcrafted teacaddy from the 1860s is in beautiful condition. It is difficult to get your head around how these obj...
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Antique Mid-19th Century European Tea Caddies

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Silver

Small Early 19th Century Georgian Tortoise Shell Tea Caddy with Brass Ball Feet
Located in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
For connoisseurs this small tea caddy is a gem. All surfaces are clad with brass stringed tortoise shell and the domed body elegantly raised on brass ball feet complimented by the si...
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Antique Early 19th Century English Georgian Tea Caddies

Materials

Brass

Georgian Tea Caddy with Ogee Feet
Located in Port Chester, NY
A splendid early sarcophagus shaped rosewood tea caddy on charming ogee feet, circa 1790. Good color and patina and in very nice antique condition. No key.
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Antique Late 18th Century English Decorative Boxes

Materials

Rosewood

  • Georgian Tea Caddy with Ogee Feet
  • Georgian Tea Caddy with Ogee Feet
  • Georgian Tea Caddy with Ogee Feet
  • Georgian Tea Caddy with Ogee Feet
H 6.5 in. W 9.5 in. D 5.5 in.

Tea Caddy Feet For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are many versions of the ideal tea caddy feet for your home. Frequently made of bone, metal and tortoise shell, every tea caddy feet was constructed with great care. Your living room may not be complete without a tea caddy feet — find older editions for sale from the 18th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 19th Century. A tea caddy feet, designed in the Georgian, Regency or Victorian style, is generally a popular piece of furniture.

How Much is a Tea Caddy Feet?

A tea caddy feet can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price 1stDibs is $2,700, while the lowest priced sells for $610 and the highest can go for as much as $12,000.

Finding the Right Tea Caddies for You

There are lots of uses for your vintage, new or antique tea caddies, but they can certainly serve their original intended purpose if needed.

When tea first gained popularity during the 1800s, and teatime became commonplace in homes all over England, it was an expensive commodity owing to excessive taxation. (This, of course, inevitably yielded a black market for tea leaves.) Tea drinkers hoarded their precious goods, which began to arrive in London ports from China during the 17th century, under lock and key. In luxury homes, tea leaves were stowed away in a decorative jar or canister called a tea caddy that was fitted with a lock, or, alternatively, the container was kept in a secured chest or storage cabinet.

Tea was thought to be not just a delicious drink but also to have medicinal benefits. The Chinese had been praising the healthy properties of tea, and wealthy Europeans were eager to discover its benefits for themselves during their ritual afternoon tea. The idea of “teatime” wasn’t a social event in upper-class British homes until the 1830s or 1840s. During Queen Victoria’s reign, small baked treats might be served with your beverage, and teakettles and coffeepots were part of tea services that could include teacups, saucers, a milk pot and other accessories.

When tea cultivation was relegated to British colonies such as India, and the British East India Company could no longer hold onto its trade monopoly with China, tea was no longer a ritual confined to the wealthy. Today, antique and vintage tea caddies are collector’s items all over the world.

Tea caddies weren’t unique to Europeans. The earliest pieces originated in China. Surviving hand-painted examples from China or elsewhere in Asia made of porcelain might feature enameled landscapes or other designs. At the Taft Museum of Art, there are striking enameled 18th-century-era tea caddies of copper that were given to the institution in 2014. Wooden tea caddies materialized over time and were seen as sturdier than their ceramic counterparts.

Today, there are all kinds of ways to use a vintage tea caddy if you’re passing on tea. They’re a welcome decorative flourish on the mantel in your living room, for example. A metal tea caddy, lined with a plastic bag, can be used to cultivate an herb garden on your kitchen windowsill. An old wooden tea caddy can help keep your paper clips or pushpins organized on your desk too. If you’re always on the go, a tea tin is good for packing earbuds, hand sanitizer, gum or whatever else that might get easily lost in a roomy crossbody messenger bag or other shoulder bag.

Teatime or not, find antique and vintage mid-century modern tea caddies, tortoiseshell caddies and more on 1stDibs.

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