George III Sterling Silver Mounted Cut Glass Tea Caddy
George Smith, London, 1814
Rectangular with canted corners, the hinged cover and body with band of engraved diamonds. Height 4 3/4 inches, length 4 5/8 inches.
S.J. Shrubsole, New York, 1972
A tea caddy like this would have been the height of Regency fashion. The cut glass would have sparkled and hinted at the expensive contents the box held. Tea drinking was certainly more widespread by this period, but the trappings of luxury that accompanied the tea ceremony remained well into the Victorian period.
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