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iconnumber posted 01-16-2018 01:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

My wife collects tea caddies and found this one at the Atlanta market this weekend. This is the only one that she has with silver plated ball feet and a silver plated ball finial. This style dates from 1810. The only reason I know this is the book “Antique Boxes Tea Caddies and Society 1700-1880 has a picture of an identical one. Apparently before 1810 tea caddies had a flat base and feet were added after this date.

This book by Antigone Clarke and Joseph O’Kelly is an excellent addition for anyone interested in boxes of all kinds except it does not cover silver boxes. It concentrates on tea caddies but other types are also shown.

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iconnumber posted 01-16-2018 07:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for doc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for showing this and for the book recommendation, awht. I love tea caddies and have started to collect them; now it's time to get better educated about them.

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iconnumber posted 01-16-2018 02:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Antigone Clarke's web site indicates that she is preparing an update to her book, but she really has an informative web site that you may like.

There are many all silver tea caddies, but Ms. Clarke does not cover these for reasons I do not know.

In the tea collecting area is filled with all kind of items that are all silver. Tea caddy spoons are often very imaginative as silversmiths through the years have often put their individual touch on these.

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