A scarce burlwood pear-form tea caddy. early 19th century, England. 4 3/4" high.Introduced in the late 18th century, fruit-forms are today the most sought after of all caddies. When new these caddies were simply polished or varnished. the lids were hinged and lifted using the stem-many of which have been broken or lost. The interiors were lined with foil which over time disintergrated from use.
A nice example with the stem intact and the push-button in functioning condition. Late 18th or early 19th century.