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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A Georgian Tea Caddy c1810

A Georgian Tea Caddy c1810

A Georgian Tea Caddy c1810

£275.00

Hexagonal Georgian Single Compartment Tea Caddy with Inlaid Parquetry c1785

Hexagonal Georgian Single Compartment Tea Caddy with Inlaid Parquetry c1785

Hexagonal Georgian Single Compartment Tea Caddy with Inlaid Parquetry c1785

£425.00

Sterling Silver Caddy Spoon
A Sarcophagus-Style Two Compartment Tea Caddy Depicting Hever Castle c1870

A Sarcophagus-Style Two Compartment Tea Caddy Depicting Hever Castle c1870

A Sarcophagus-Style Two Compartment Tea Caddy Depicting Hever Castle c1870

£750.00

A Tunbridge Ware Single Compartment Tea Caddy With Floral Mosaic And Perspective Cube Patterns

A Tunbridge Ware Single Compartment Tea Caddy With Floral Mosaic And Perspective Cube Patterns

A Tunbridge Ware Single Compartment Tea Caddy With Floral Mosaic And Perspective Cube Patterns

£340.00

Tunbridge Ware Tea Caddy Rare Depiction Carew Castle Pembrokeshire c1870

Tunbridge Ware Tea Caddy Rare Depiction Carew Castle Pembrokeshire c1870

Tunbridge Ware Tea Caddy Rare Depiction Carew Castle Pembrokeshire

£650.00

Sterling Silver Caddy Spoon London 1863

Sterling Silver Caddy Spoon London 1863

Sterling Silver Caddy Spoon London 1863

£110.00

A Sterling Silver Caddy Spoon Birmingham 1972

A Sterling Silver Caddy Spoon Birmingham 1972

A Sterling Silver Caddy Spoon Birmingham 1972

£60.00

Two Compartment Tunbridge Ware Tea Caddy Uncommon Depiction Dover Castle c1870

Two Compartment Tunbridge Ware Tea Caddy Uncommon Depiction Dover Castle c1870

Two Compartment Tunbridge Ware Tea Caddy with Rounded lid Depicting Dover Castle c1870

£650.00

Very Rare Large Tunbridge Ware Tea Pot Stand 1848-49

Very Rare Large Tunbridge Ware Tea Pot Stand 1848-49

Very Rare Large Tunbridge Ware Tea Pot Stand 1848-49

£675.00

A Tunbridge Ware Two Compartment Tea Caddy with Rounded lid Depicting Hever Castle c1870

A Tunbridge Ware Two Compartment Tea Caddy with Rounded lid Depicting Hever Castle c1870

A Tunbridge Ware Two Compartment Tea Caddy with Rounded lid Depicting Hever Castle c1870

£650.00

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