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George III Red Tortoiseshell Tea Caddy

1775 England

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George III Red Tortoiseshell Tea Caddy

A rare exquisitely shaped red tortoiseshell tea caddy, serpentine to all four faces with a pagoda top. The beautifully worked silver handle depicts the Prince of Wales feathers and it is raised on fine ball and claw feet of silver. The interior is fitted with two cut glass caddies with silver Repoussé lids topped with flames.

The term ‘caddy’ is believed to have derived from the word ‘catty’, which is the Chinese equivalent to just over a pound (Lb).

Condition

Original condition with historic repairs to tortoiseshell.

Provenance

Private collection Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

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