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  • Place of origin:

    York (made)

  • Date:

    1784-1785 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    J Hampston & J Prince (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, engraved

  • Credit Line:

    Arthur Hurst Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The term caddy (originally catti) is derived from the Malay word, kati, which was a unit of weight used for tea, 75 katis equalling 100lbs. The kati was the weight, about one and one third pounds (600 grams) of the standard 18th century packet of tea.

The tea caddy is a closed container for dry tea, used at a tea table as part of a tea service. The earliest examples in silver were in the shape of Chinese porcelain tea jars. Later, caddies in silver or Sheffield plate were made in many styles, shapes and sizes.

Physical description

Silver, oval decorated with floral swags and with bright cut bands round top and bottom. In front, a lock, on the back an engraved crest (an arm holding a scimitar). Flat lid with vase knob; central partition inside.

Place of Origin

York (made)


1784-1785 (made)


J Hampston & J Prince (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver, engraved

Marks and inscriptions

York hallmarks for 1784-5

Mark of J. Hampton and J. Prince

Engraved crest


Height: 4.5 in, Width: 5.33 in

Object history note

Bequest - Arthur Hurst
Acquisition RF: 40 / 434

Descriptive line

Silver tea caddy, York hallmarks for 1784-5, mark of J. Hampton and J. Prince.




Bright cutting; Engraving (incising)

Subjects depicted

Flowers; Swags (design element)


Containers; Metalwork; Tea, Coffee & Chocolate wares


Metalwork Collection

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