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Tea Caddies For Sale
William Crawford & Sons Biscuit Manufactures Great Britain Biscuit Tin, 1938
Located in Stamford, CT
English 1938 William Crawford & Sons biscuit tin which could be used as a tea caddy. Painted satinwood and mahogany finish on the biscuit tin gives it a nice look. This is from a pri...
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Mid-20th Century English Tea Caddies

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Tin

Shagreen Tea Caddy, Georges III Style, 19th Century
Located in Paris, FR
Georges III style lovely green shagreen oval-shaped tea caddy. Silver plated mount and oval hinged lid. Perfect to store with refinement and elegance tea or other items. Signed b...
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19th Century British George III Antique Tea Caddies

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Silver Plate

Small Antique Porcelain Tea Containers
Located in New York, NY
Adorable small antique tea containers with a variety of beautifully painted images. Shanxi Province, circa 1900. Priced individually. CR675.   
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Early 20th Century Chinese Tea Caddies

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Porcelain

Quillwork Tea Caddy
Located in Stamford, CT
Pointed coiled paper oval tea caddy, circa 1800. Made by a student named Mary Hammond from Miss Miles School. Artist-signed. Please note of wear consistent with age.
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19th Century Antique Tea Caddies

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Paper

Regency Style Faux Malachite Tole Box
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Regency style Faux malachite tole box with ring handles, by Maitland Smith, of substantial size, realistically painted and enameled.
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20th Century Regency Tea Caddies

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Tôle

Antique English Victorian Georgian Sterling Silver Tea Caddy
By West & Son
Located in New York, NY
English Victorian Georgian sterling silver tea caddy, 1894. Baluster body on leaf-capped volute-scroll corner supports. Cover shaped and raised with scallop shell finial. Chased scal...
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1890s English Victorian Antique Tea Caddies

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Sterling Silver

Antique Scottish Stuart Tartanware Tea Caddy Circa 1860 Victorian
Located in London, GB
A 19th century Stuart Tartanware tea caddy. A single compartment caddy, marked Stuart to lid; 4 1/4 inches (11 cm) Tall by 4 1/4 inches (11 cm) Wide by 4 inches (10.2 cm) Deep. This ...
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1860s Scottish Victorian Antique Tea Caddies

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Wood

George III Inlaid Tea Caddy
Located in Greenwich, CT
Very fine and unusual George III tea caddy in sun faded mahogany with rosewood, kingwood and holly inlay, the lid with fan inlays flanking central patera, the front and sides with ha...
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1780s English George III Antique Tea Caddies

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Kingwood, Mahogany, Rosewood

Caribbean Mahogany Hinged Pedestal Tea Poy with Foliage Carvings, Circa 1820
Located in Charleston, SC
Caribbean mahogany hinged pedestal tea poy with fitted interior, foliate carvings, and resting on the original scrolled feet. Early 19th century.
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1820s Caribbean Anglo-Indian Antique Tea Caddies

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Brass

Fine Oval Tea Caddy, Polychrome, Hand Painted Landscape, circa 1750
Located in Doylestown, PA
Fine continental wood polychrome tea caddy, 1750, featuring charming cartouches having pastoral landscapes, a farmer with various animals against a lake and mountain background. Orig...
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Mid-17th Century Antique Tea Caddies

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Wood

Antique Brass Grocery Balance Bell Weights, Victorian, Scotland, 1880
Located in Vancouver, BC
Antique brass grocery balance bell weights, Victorian, Scotland 1880, B78Ay Scotland 1880 Solid brass Bell shaped weight 1lb and 2lbs Measutres: 1lb - 1 3/4"W x 1 3/4"D x 3 ...
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1880s Scottish Antique Tea Caddies

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Brass

Charming Regency 19th Century Mahogany Tea Caddy Miniature Sideboard
Located in Bedfordshire, GB
A delightful and rare early 19th century mahogany tea Caddy in the form of a miniature pedestal sideboard Having well figured and crossbanded hinged top over Concealed removable t...
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19th Century English Regency Antique Tea Caddies

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Mahogany

Lacquered Box
Located in New York, NY
Gilt lacquer Chinese tea caddy Chinese export lacquer tea caddy on dragon feet from the Qing dynasty. Octagonal form with hinged lid, divided interior with pewter caddies.
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19th Century Antique Tea Caddies

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Lacquer

Antique Victorian Sterling Silver Tea Caddy, Holland, Son & Slater, London 1881
Located in Braintree, GB
Antique Victorian sterling silver tea caddy Maker: Holland, Son & Slater Made in London, 1881 Fully hallmarked. Dimensions: Length 14.7 cm Width 11.7 cm Height 12 cm Weigh...
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1880s British Victorian Antique Tea Caddies

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Sterling Silver

Antique 18c/19c English or French Enamel Bronze Mounted Tea Caddy Box
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A fine antique enamel tea caddy. With a gilt bronze mounted lid. In the South Staffordshire manner. Decorated with floral sprays and rocaille swags to all sides. Likely...
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Early 19th Century French Georgian Antique Tea Caddies

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Bronze, Enamel

Regency Anglo Indian Quill Work Vizagapatam Sandalwood Sewing Box
Located in New York, NY
This fine Regency period quill work, bone, ivory & sandalwood sewing box with intact interior w sewing implements.
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Early 19th Century Indian Regency Antique Tea Caddies

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Bone, Ivory, Sandalwood

Pair of Victorian Tole Teacannisters
Located in Essex, MA
Octagonal form with Asian figures! Great old paint.
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1850s English Victorian Antique Tea Caddies

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Other

English Birdseye Maple Sewing Box
Located in New York, NY
Regency birdseye maple sewing box with lions heads handles on each side & lions hairy paw feet with a key.
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Early 1800s English Regency Antique Tea Caddies

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Brass

19th Century Rosewood Miniature Sideboard Tea Caddy
Located in Bedfordshire, GB
A Charming Late Regency Period Rosewood Tea Caddy, In The Form Of A Miniature Pedestal Sideboard, Having Hinged Lid Over Concealed Canisters And Central Mixing Bowl Hole Raised O...
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Mid-19th Century English Regency Antique Tea Caddies

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Rosewood

20th Century Antique 1914 Sterling Silver Tea Caddy
By Skinner & Co. 1
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
An exceptional, fine and impressive antique George V English sterling silver tea caddy; an addition to our silverware collection This exceptional antique George V sterling silver ...
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1910s English Vintage Tea Caddies

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Sterling Silver

Antique English Victorian Mahogany Teapoy, Circa 1880-1890
Located in New Orleans, LA
Antique English Victorian mahogany teapoy, Circa 1880-1890.
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Late 19th Century English Antique Tea Caddies

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Mahogany

1880s Antique Dutch Silver Tea Caddy
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
A fine antique Dutch silver tea caddy; an addition to our silver teaware collection. This fine Dutch silver tea caddy has a navette shaped oval form. The surface of this antiqu...
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1880s Dutch Antique Tea Caddies

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Silver

Samuel Kirk Antique 19th Century American Sterling Silver Tea Caddy/Cookie Jar
Located in Braintree, GB
Antique 19th century American sterling silver tea caddy/cookie jar with repoussé metalwork of floral decorations in high relief. Made in USA, 19th century. Made by Samuel Kirk & ...
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1870s American Antique Tea Caddies

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Sterling Silver

Georgian Miniature Tent-Top Blonde Tortoiseshell Tea Caddy, of Decagonal Form
Located in London, GB
A Very elegant and rare blonde tortoiseshell tea caddy of decagonal form with silver metal shield shape escutcheon. The figuring of the blonde tortoiseshell is well matched throughou...
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Early 1800s British Georgian Antique Tea Caddies

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Tortoise Shell

English 19th Century Partridgewood Tea Caddy with Sailing Ship Inlay
Located in Wells, ME
English Early 19th century partridgewood single tea caddy with three masted, square rigged ship inlaid to the lid. The ship is inlaid in shaded boxwood within a partridgewood diamond...
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Early 19th Century English William IV Antique Tea Caddies

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Boxwood, Rosewood, Satinwood

Regency Period Tea Poy
Located in Peterborough, Northamptonshire
A good Regency period tea poy on a well turned support terminating on a quadraform base ending on scroll feet, the interior with two wells for mixing jars and two containers for stor...
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19th Century English Regency Antique Tea Caddies

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Rosewood

18th Century George I Domed Topped Japanned Chinoiserie Falconry Box, circa 1710
Located in Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
A rare and important Queen Anne-George I japanned chinoiserie domed topped box depicting scenes of falconry, circa 1710-1720. England Falconry is an ancient sport that has been pr...
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Early 18th Century English Chinoiserie Antique Tea Caddies

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Oak

Set of Four, Coffee Tea, Sugar and Flour Dispensers
Located in Delray Beach, FL
unique containers hand crafted from Cypress wood artistic craftsmanship the lid comes off and each has acrylic container in . Originally came from old wood cabin. Decorative additi...
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1950s American Vintage Tea Caddies

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Acrylic, Wood

Antique Georgian Sterling Silver Tea Caddy with Coat of Arms, London, 1796
Located in Braintree, GB
Antique Georgian sterling silver tea caddy with coat of arms, fantastic quality and pristine condition for it's age. Made in London 1796 Maker: Peter & Ann Bateman Fully hallmark...
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1790s British George III Antique Tea Caddies

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Sterling Silver

1860s English Tea Box on Stand
Located in Los Angeles, CA
1860s English painted and decorated tea box on stand. Over time this tea box has taken on a rich color to its original paint.
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1860s English Victorian Antique Tea Caddies

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Wood

Walnut Regency Tea Caddy
Located in Port Chester, NY
A splendid sarcophagus shaped walnut tea caddy on charming bun feet, circa 1820. Good color and patina and in very nice antique condition. The decorative brass piece at the top has a...
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Early 19th Century English Antique Tea Caddies

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Walnut

Early 19th Century British William IV Teapoy Attributed to Gillows
Located in Dallas, TX
Made, circa 1820-1830 in Britain, during the reign of George II or William IV, Regency period!! In the late 18th-early 19th Century, tea was expensive as gold ! It was not only impo...
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Early 19th Century English Regency Antique Tea Caddies

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Hardwood

Country Oak and Mahogany Late Georgian Tea Caddy, TEA in Satinwood
Located in Port Chester, NY
A small splendid Georgian tea caddy with TEA inlaid in satinwood. Both the oak box and the inlaid mahogany bands are in very good condition. The interior has its original compartment...
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Early 19th Century English Antique Tea Caddies

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Mahogany, Oak

Antique Art Nouveau Silver Tea Caddy
Located in London, GB
An entirely handmade antique silver tea caddy of the Art Nouveau. All four faces and the hinged cover are hand chased with stylised bellflowers and tendrils against a subtly textured...
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Early 1900s English Art Nouveau Antique Tea Caddies

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Sterling Silver

Antique Flame Mahogany English Regency Tea Poy Gillows Lancaster Tea Caddy 19 Ct
Located in Dublin, Ireland
An exceptionally fine quality English Regency Period well figured mahogany Teapoy, raised on its original stand, firmly attributed to Gillows of Lancaster and London. First quarter o...
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Early 19th Century English Regency Antique Tea Caddies

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Mahogany, Cut Glass

Antique Georgian Sterling Silver Tea Caddy, Hester Bateman, London, 1784
Located in Braintree, GB
Antique Georgian sterling silver tea caddy George III Period Maker: Hester Bateman Made in London 1784 Fully hallmarked. Dimensions - Size: 13.4 x 8.75 x 13.8 cm Weight: 29...
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1780s British George III Antique Tea Caddies

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Sterling Silver

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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Mid-19th Century Chinese Chinese Export Antique Tea Caddies

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Pewter

Chinese Large Mother of Pearl Mounted Armorial Tea Caddy for MacPherson
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A rare, incredible and large antique Chinese carved mother of pearl mounted tea caddy with armorial for MacPherson and dating from circa 1770. The rectangular casket shaped caddy has...
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1770s Chinese Qing Antique Tea Caddies

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Mother-of-Pearl

Large Georgian Mahogany Tea Caddy
Located in Bedfordshire, GB
A good quality Georgian 18th century mahogany rectangular tea caddy having replacement brass axe drop handle to hinged lid enclosing cavity with attractive inlaid decoration througho...
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Late 18th Century English Georgian Antique Tea Caddies

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Mahogany

19th Century English Burl Wood Tea Caddy
Located in Dallas, TX
Elegant 19th century English burl wood tea caddy on bronze feet. Extremely polished finish. Would make an excellent gift!!
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19th Century English Antique Tea Caddies

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Wood

Itaian Brass Containers or Boxes, 1970s
Located in Modena, IT
Pear or apple shaped Italian brass containers or boxes ... cookie holders, sweet holders, candy boxes etc ... 1970s. Size: Pear: height 27 cm - diameter 20 cm Apple: height 21 cm ...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tea Caddies

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Brass

Antique English Tortoise Shell Tea Caddy with Inlaid Mother of Pearl circa 1870s
Located in New Orleans, LA
Antique English tortoise shell tea caddy with inlaid mother of pearl, Circa 1870-1880.
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1870s English Antique Tea Caddies

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Tortoise Shell

Antique French Silver 19th Century Tea Caddy
Located in Braintree, GB
Antique French silver 19th century tea caddy. Made in France late 19th century Maker : Unidentified 950 silver Dimensions - Diameter x Height : 11.2 x 6.2 cm Approx Weight :...
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Late 19th Century French Victorian Antique Tea Caddies

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Silver

Antique English Mahogany Tea Caddy with Satinwood Trim
Located in New Orleans, LA
This tea caddy comes with its mixing bowl. The satinwood banding is delicate and sets this box off nicely. The caddy comes with its key as well.
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Late 19th Century English Antique Tea Caddies

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Mahogany, Satinwood

18th Century Georgian Period English Mahogany Inlaid Tea Caddy
Located in Forney, TX
Beloved for its aesthetic beauty and exceptionally high quality, Georgian period furniture and decoration are arguably the most sought after and enduring pieces in British history. T...
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Late 18th Century English Georgian Antique Tea Caddies

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Ebony, Mahogany, Satinwood

Mid-18th Century English Chippendale Period Tea Caddy
Located in Forney, TX
A handsome, over 260 year old English Chippendale period mahogany tea caddy. Handcrafted in the mid 18th century, having a rectangular form, figured mahogany with beautiful color and...
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Mid-18th Century English Chippendale Antique Tea Caddies

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Brass

Pair of Large Floor Sized Victorian Period Tin Tea Caddies, 19th C
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A pair of large floor sized Victorian period tin tea caddies, hopper, box bulk tea bins. Original black lacquer and hand painting has wear. Slanted Lids are original. Work beauti...
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Mid-19th Century English Antique Tea Caddies

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Tin

19th Century English Regency Burl Walnut Tea Caddy
Located in Dallas, TX
Very fine 19th century English Regency tea caddy. Made of beautiful Burl Walnut with lots of compartments. A great accessory!
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19th Century English Antique Tea Caddies

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Walnut

Antique Japanese Meiji Art Nouveau Silver Tea Caddy
By Musashiya
Located in New York, NY
Japanese Meiji-era silver tea caddy, ca 1890. Traditional ginger jar with cover and plug. Chased and engraved flowers—big, loose, and languid blooms. Eastern exoticism infused with f...
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Late 19th Century Japanese Meiji Antique Tea Caddies

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Silver

19th Century Coromandel Wood Tea Caddy
Located in Hixson, TN
A middle of the 19th-century Victorian coromandel wood veneered dome top tea caddy. The caddy has gilded brass mounts.  
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1880s English Victorian Antique Tea Caddies

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Ebony

Two Tortoise Shell Veneer Boxes
Located in Buchanan, MI
Two tortoise shell veneer boxes Comprising a rectangular box with square lift top cover, and a sewing box raised on bun feet Priced per box. (measure: 1.5" x 6" x 3") Taller box: 5...
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19th Century English Regency Antique Tea Caddies

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Tortoise Shell

19th Century Chinese Cloisonné Enamel Brass Trinket Box
Located in Malaga, ES
19th century Chinese cloisonné enamel brass trinket box.
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Mid-19th Century Chinese Antique Tea Caddies

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Metal

19th Century Tea Caddy in Burl Walnut & Matching Caddy Spoons, U.K. Circa 1860
Located in Ottawa, Ontario
The highly figured domed case exhibiting a fine warm patina overall and opening to an interior housing twin tea canisters with confirming hinged lids and retaining its original funct...
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Mid-19th Century British High Victorian Antique Tea Caddies

Materials

Silver Plate

Antique Edwardian Small Silver Tea Caddy, Charles Horner, Birmingham, 1906
By Charles Horner
Located in Braintree, GB
Antique small silver tea caddy Maker: Charles Horner Made in Birmingham 1906 Fully hallmarked. Dimensions - Length x width x height: 7.2 x 5.6 x 7.6 cm Weight:89 Conditi...
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Early 1900s British Edwardian Antique Tea Caddies

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Sterling Silver

Exceptionally Fine Regency Period Waisted and Flared Brass Inlaid Caddy
Located in Peterborough, Northamptonshire
An exceptionally fine Regency period waisted and flared brass inlaid caddy. Retaining all the original inlays on turned disc feet. Fine original condition.       
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Early 19th Century English Antique Tea Caddies

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Wood

18th Century Georgian Mahogany English Square Tea Caddy
Located in Bedfordshire, GB
A very attractive 18th century Georgian mahogany square Tea caddy having hinged lid with original brass handle And elegant original inlaid decoration (Tea was a very precious co...
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Late 18th Century English Georgian Antique Tea Caddies

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Mahogany

Regency Period Leather Sewing Casket
Located in London, GB
A fine quality early 19th century Regency period leather sewing casket with gilt-brass mounts, paw feet and unusual balloon carrying handles retaining original interior.
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Early 19th Century English Regency Antique Tea Caddies

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Brass

George II Period Walnut Veneered Tea Caddy
Located in London, GB
A good George II period oyster walnut veneered tea caddy, crossbanded throughout with re-entrant corners, retaining original handles and key escutcheon.
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Mid-18th Century English George II Antique Tea Caddies

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Walnut

Vintage, New and Antique Tea Caddies

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.