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Tea Caddies

Containers for keeping dry tea leaves, now called tea caddies, were a fashionable accessory during the eighteenth century. Tea was also very expensive at that time and was heavily taxed, so the antique silver tea caddies we see today reflected the value of the contents.

Caddy is taken from The Malay word cati, which was a weight by which tea was first purchased. As tea became a cheaper commodity, the use of silver tea caddies declined through the nineteenth century, until more were created again by the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Smaller caddies fashioned on earlier designs became popular again and are highly collectible today

A silver tea caddy (Victorian). REDUCED FROM £895

by William Aitken, Chester 1900

Sales price: £750.00
Sales price: £995.00
Sales price: £799.00
A silver Victorian tea caddy. REDUCED FROM £1150

by Walker & Hall, Sheffield 1901.

Sales price: £935.00
A silver tea caddy (Victorian). REDUCED from £950

by Nathan & Hayes, Chester 1901.

Sales price: £875.00
Sales price: £995.00
An Edwardian hallmark silver tea caddy

by Horace Woodward, London 1903.

Sales price: £295.00
A GeorgeV sterling silver tea caddy

by Cooper Brothers & Sons

Sales price: £325.00
0138. A Victorian antique silver tea caddy

by George Nathan & Ridley Hayes, Chester 1897.

Sales price: £740.00
0139. A George 111 antique silver tea caddy

by Robert Hennell 1 & Samuel Hennell, London 1803.

Sales price: £3,995.00
0166. A pair of George 111 silver tea caddies in an ebonised box

by John Parker and Edward Wakelin, London 1770.

Sales price: £3,750.00
0177. A George 111 antique silver tea caddy

by Crispin Fuller, London 1809

Sales price: £1,350.00