Antique Tea Caddies



2015-06-26 11:18:02

Antique Tea Caddies are original containers designed to store loose tea.


Brief history and description

The term "tea caddy" is used to define a tea container that typically features various styles of folk and decorative art.

Although tea caddies have been around for centuries, they only started to become mass-produced at the end of the 18th century in England. Tea caddies that were manufactured during this time were typically made of walnut, and included two or three different compartments. However, by the mid to late 18th century, the style of the tea caddy changed to include single compartments.

Guide for collectors

Wine barrel, ivory, tortoiseshell, Georgia urn and wooden fruit-shaped tea caddies are considered to be amongst the most rare tea caddy styles. Silver tea caddies are considered to be the most valuable.

Restoration of an antique tea caddy is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage. However, restoring an antique tea caddy may decrease its value.

For more information regarding antique tea caddies, visit Hygra's official website or Sallea Antiques.


Antiques at Pompey Hollow LLC in Ashford, Connecticut sold a Russian silver tea caddy for $1,200 in September of 2011.

Pook & Pook in Downington, Pennsylvania sold a silver and enamel Russian cabochon inlaid tea caddy for $1,600 in June of 2011, and another silver and enamel Russian cabochon inlaid tea caddy for $4,000 in April of 2009.

Showplace Antique & Design Center sold a Tiffany tea caddy for $775 in December of 2005.

Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches Inc. in West Palm Beach, Florida sold an antique English tea caddy for $1,400 in January of 2005, and S&S Auction, Inc. in Repaupo, New Jersey sold another antique English tea caddy for $475 in August of 2006.

Hamilton's Antique Auction Gallery in Tacoma, Washington sold an antique fancy filigree Asian tea caddy featuring marked silver, gold wash and enamel birds for $1,800 in January of 2012, and Antique Place in Hallandale, Florida sold a Chinese enammelled tea caddy with floral and bird decorations (circa 19th century) for $600 in April of 2011.

Millea Bros Ltd in Madison, New Jersey sold an antique Dutch silver repousse tea caddy (circa 19th century) for $550 in November of 2011, and Clars Auction Gallery in Oakland, California sold another Dutch silver repousse tea caddy with a Gorham sterling stoplight bar measure for $45 in September of 2005.

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