An unusual paint decorated pear-form tea caddy. The hinged lid has a carved and painted stem opening to reveal an interior lined with silver foil. The surface of the tea caddy is decorated as the skin of a pear.
The inlaid escutcheon appears to be a shield-shaped piece of bone. This caddy comes with a key, however, the lock is not working.
England, circa 1790-1810. 7 1/2 inches high.