An important George III Tea Caddy modelled as a Tea Chest made in London in 1769 by Parker & Wakelin.

An important George III Tea Caddy modelled as a Tea Chest made in London in 1769 by Parker & Wakelin.

1769 london

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The Tea Caddy, which is cube shaped in form, is modelled to simulate the chests in which tea was imported from China. The sides are engraved with vertical lines to simulate the planks of the chest and outer bands of attractive pluming scrolls on a scratch engraved ground. Three of the sides are engraved with Chinese characters and the front with a set of contemporary script initials surrounded by floral sprays. The hinged cover displays a cast floral and foliate finial, most probably modelled as a sprig from a tea plant. These Chests were featured on the trade cards of Eighteenth Century Grocers, such as Chandler and Newsom, tea dealers and grocers.
Dimensions
Height 3.60 inch (9.14 cm)
Width 3.90 inch (9.91 cm)
Depth 3.90 inch (9.91 cm)
Weight 15.00oz t (466.50g)
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