Rare PAIR of tea caddies

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2053/19: An interesting and rare PAIR of early 19th century TEA CADDIES, book-matched veneered to the front in figured mahogany and cross-banded with rosewood. Both feature cast brass ‘ring’ handles and both retain the original lead lining in excellent condition. each: 4.5ins wide *Why a PAIR of tea caddies? Well...tea was imported mainly from two countries: "Black" Tea from India and Ceylon, and "Green" Tea from China. It was important to keep these two teas separate ~ often in separate compartments within a large caddy and rarely as a pair of separate caddies (as here). Contrary to popular opinion, the glass bowl found in some larger caddies was NOT used to mix teas, but to hold sugar. Priced for the pair...

c.1820

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£975