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Victorian Walnut & Yew Wood Tea Caddy with Ivory Keyhole

Victorian Walnut & Yew Wood Tea Caddie with Ivory Keyhole

H 15cm W 31cm D 16cm



Although wooden Tea Caddies were made early in the 18th century, it is not until the second half of the century that they were introduced  in any numbers as a home style accessory.

The word caddy derives from the Malay "kati" a measure of weight about 3/5 of a kilo. The 17th century tea containers were bottle shaped tea jars in china, glass, silver, enamel and straw-work covered metal. Tea Caddies were made in wood in box form from the second quarter of the 18th century. The first such boxes were shaped like small chests and contained three metal canisters. They were mostly made of mahogany although a few early ones were of walnut. Very occasionally a chinoiserie box was made. Complete boxes of this type are difficult to find, especially in walnut. Chinoiserie boxes are exceedingly rare. 

In England in the 1700s, tea was an expensive commodity. To keep it safe, people would store it in a lockable Tea Chest or Tea Box, which eventually became known as a Tea Caddy.  As tea was too expensive to risk leaving in the presence of servants, the caddy would be kept in the drawing room. Subsequently, the Tea Caddy became an important & fashionable accessory for the home.

Today Tea Caddies are sought after as decorative pieces, in all shapes & forms.


Yew Wood Windsor Chairs (set of four) Circa. 1800

Set of Four Windsor Chairs Circa. 1800

Height approx. 95cm, Width approx. 62cm, Depth 48cm.


A stunning group of four Windsor Chairs, very hard to come by in such beautiful condition and of great interest for their very individual characteristics according to their different makers and regions.  

Yew Wood Table

A Stunning round yew wood gate leg table circa 1670-1710

Height 71.5cm width 62cm depth 48cm 

A really beautiful yew wood oval gate leg table, very early in date and in excellent condition, this is a rare find. The four Windsor chairs, also of yew wood date from around 1820 with each individual charcteristic of their different makers obvious in the detail.