A carved fruitwood tea caddy in the form of an apple. The caddy retains the original silver foil interior. The stem is also original as is the brass escutcheon. There is no key. 5 1/2 inches high, 4 1/2 in diameter. England. Circa 1790-1810.
These novel boxes enjoyed great popularity at the close of the 18th century. Frequently the escutcheons are inlaid either in a contrasting colored wood or bone or ivory.
This caddy can be seen at MacDougall-Gionet & Assoc., 2104 Post Road, Wells, ME. This tea caddy is as clean as a whistle with no repairs. All items guaranteed as represented with a money back guarantee.