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Tea caddy

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1780-1820 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tortoiseshell; silver; ivory

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Thomas Sutton, Esq., in memory of his wife

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Tea caddy; rectangular with bevelled angles and raised top having incurved sides, of tortoiseshell with silver lines at the angles. There is a silver plaque on the lid and a silver key hole escutcheon. The interior is fitted with a cover of tortoiseshell with a turned ivory knob. It contains a tortoiseshell caddy spoon inlaid with silver.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1780-1820 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Tortoiseshell; silver; ivory


Height: 11.4 cm, Width: 8.9 cm, Depth: 6.7 cm, :

Object history note

Given to the V&A in 1919 by Thomas Sutton Esq. [R.P. 19/3782].

Descriptive line

Tea caddy, English, 1780-1820


Tortoiseshell; Silver; Ivory


Turning; Inlay


Tea, Coffee & Chocolate wares; Household objects


Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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