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Set of tea caddies in box

Object Number: 
569a-e
Date: 
1750-1810
Medium: 
Wood, mahogany, brass, tin, iron, textile
Dimensions: 
Container (box): 4 1/2 × 8 1/2 × 5 in. (11.4 × 21.6 × 12.7 cm)
Inscriptions: 

written: in black ink on paper label, on bottom of box: "Van der Kemp/ Tea Caddy/ Presented Oct 21, 1926/ Museum Accession #569"

Description: 
Rectangular wooden box with mahogany veneer, flat, hinged lid, and brass rosette mounts with bail handle at center of lid; decoration consists of brass willow mounts applied to box at each corner of lid and at bottom, front of box, brass escutcheon; inside, three compartments formed by three pieces of wood (one long, two short), slotted into sides of box, each containing tea caddy; three tinned sheet iron tea caddies of simple construction, two with screw-top lids and one with curved, hinged lid; box also contains two scraps of wood, and key on rose-colored ribbon.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Van der Kemp family, October 21, 1926
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group