An important George III Tea Caddy, with identical Sugar Box, made in London in 1779 by James Stamp.  Formerly in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum in New York.
An important George III Tea Caddy, with identical Sugar Box, made in London in 1779 by James Stamp.  Formerly in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum in New York.
An important George III Tea Caddy, with identical Sugar Box, made in London in 1779 by James Stamp.  Formerly in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum in New York.
An important George III Tea Caddy, with identical Sugar Box, made in London in 1779 by James Stamp.  Formerly in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum in New York.
An important George III Tea Caddy, with identical Sugar Box, made in London in 1779 by James Stamp.  Formerly in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum in New York.
An important George III Tea Caddy, with identical Sugar Box, made in London in 1779 by James Stamp.  Formerly in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum in New York.

An important George III Tea Caddy, with identical Sugar Box, made in London in 1779 by James Stamp. Formerly in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum in New York.

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The Tea Caddy and Sugar Box are identical in every aspect, except that the Caddy has a lock due to the expensive nature of tea at this date. Both have a shaped oval form and the sides and covers are decorated with unusual bands of beading and flower heads in ovals, interspersed with vertical pails. The front of each piece is engraved with an oval bright cut cartouche, with crossed branches below and tied ribbons above, typical designs for this period. The cartouche contains a set of contemporary script initials with a Lion rampant Crest above, issuing from a mural coronet. The covers also display a cast finial modelled to simulate the sprig from a tea plant. Both pieces are in excellent crisp condition and are of an unusual form. They are both fully marked on the base and with the maker's mark and sterling mark on the cover. The Tea Caddy and Sugar Box are contained within a velvet lined rosewood box, with lock, which accounts for their exceptional crisp condition. To find a Caddy of this form, with identical sugar box, is most unusual which must account for the fact that they were on long term loan to the Metropolitan Museum in New York, until they were sold to us last year.

James Stamp was a quality maker of silver who worked at 86, Cheapside when these pieces were made. He had a quickly expanding business which was brought to an unexpected stop by Stamp's untimeley death on 11th April, 1780.

Height: 3.5 inches, 8.75cm.
Length: 4.9 inches, 12.25cm.
Width: 3.9 inches, 9.75cm.
Total Weight: 27oz.
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