Regency period rosewood tea caddy, the edge with boxwood stringing, the interior retaining two original lids, bone turned knobs, four paw feet matching the lion's head handles.
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ProvenanceThe word Tea Caddy is believed to be derived from catty, the Chinese pound, equal to about a pound and a third avoirdupois. The earliest examples that came to Europe were of Chinese porcelain, and approximated in shape to the ginger-jar. They had lids or stoppers likewise of china, and were most frequently blue and white. Until about 1800 they were called tea canisters rather than caddies.