An inlaid mahogany tea caddy with the lid and front having large oval reserves with Royal Navy motifs of oak leaves and acorns above a naval cannon on its truck. The edges of the box have multiple banding on satin wood, ebony, and checker-board. A diamond-form escutcheon completes the facade.
England, ca.1800. 4 1/2 inches high, 8 inches long, 4 1/2 inches deep. Excellent condition with no repairs.
The decorative motifs relate to "Hearts of Oak" the official march of the Royal Navy since 1759-1760. Written by Sir Wiliam Boyce to celebrate a string of English naval battles. The cannon illustrated is of the sort which lined the sides of 'men of war'-the wooden wheels allowed for recoil.