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Tea Caddies

Tunbridge Ware Tea Caddy


The British and the very word ‘Tea’ are related in the same manner as ‘Strawberries and Cream’ , ‘Bread and Butter’ or ‘Bacon and Eggs’. In short for generations we have been in love with this onetime exotic and expensive beverage.


Throughout the 18th and early 19th century  tea had been stored under lock and key in equally small yet expensive tea caddies fashioned in wood, silver, ivory and tortoiseshell.


In the Regency period both rosewood and satinwood proved popular choices and by the time Queen Victoria ascended the throne rosewood and walnut  tea caddies and those in Tunbridge Ware, made by makers such as Henry Hollamby ,soon became firm favourites with the growing middle classes.


Tea was to remain an expensive commodity for much of the Victorian age with the keys to the tea caddy restricted to either the lady of the house, the housekeeper or ,in the more well to do circles, the butler.


However in the later years  of Queen Victoria’s reign the importation of black teas from India saw a massive decrease in prices allowing the working classes access to a beverage championed by those who took the pledge to remain ‘Tea Total’ and a replacement for "small beer". The British love of tea continues to this day although this has been reduced by cheap coffee. Only the Irish and the Turks drink more tea per capita.

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Tunbridge Ware Tea Caddy Depicting Tonbridge Castle c1870

Tunbridge Ware Tea Caddy Depicting Tonbridge Castle c1870

Tunbridge Ware Tea Caddy Depicting Tonbridge Castle c1870

£675.00

A Tunbridge Ware Two Compartment Domed-top Tea Caddy Depicting Hever Castle c1870

A Tunbridge Ware Two Compartment Domed-top Tea Caddy Depicting Hever Castle c1870

A Tunbridge Ware Two Compartment Domed-top Tea Caddy Depicting Hever Castle c1870

£650.00

Two Compartment Domed-top Tea Caddy Depicting Roses & Poppies c1870

Two Compartment Domed-top Tea Caddy Depicting Roses & Poppies c1870

Two Compartment Domed-top Tea Caddy Depicting Roses & Poppies c1870

£545.00

Tunbridge Ware - Two Compartment Sarcophagus-style Tea Caddy Depicting Tonbridge Castle c1870

Tunbridge Ware - Two Compartment Sarcophagus-style Tea Caddy Depicting Tonbridge Castle c1870

Tunbridge Ware Two Compartment Sarcophagus-style Tea Caddy Depicting Tonbridge Castle c1870

£525.00

Tunbridge Ware - Rectangular Victorian Tea Caddy With Domed Lid c1850

Tunbridge Ware - Rectangular Victorian Tea Caddy With Domed Lid c1850

Tunbridge Ware - Rectangular Victorian Tea Caddy With Domed Lid c1850

£340.00

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