SILVER TEA CADDIES – AN INTRODUCTION

Silver Tea Caddies

Tea was first introduced into the UK in 1670 alongside coffee and chocolate.  It was believed to be beneficial to health and soon became very popular amongst the upper classes.  In the beginning tea was consumed at coffee houses or tea gardens.  Following the reduction in cost of tea, more people began to populate the coffee houses and so the upper classes took their tea consuming habits into the home in around 1685.  It is from this date on that we start to find more tea related items of silver like silver tea caddies.

Tea was very expensive, selling for around 12s to £3 per lb (around £600).  The tea that went into silver tea caddies was all grown in China until 1820, when India took over production.

Around the turn of the 19th century, tea was no longer made by the lady of the house but by a maid or servant out of sight.  They then bought the tea in pre-prepared on a silver tray with a silver service.

The development of the silver tea caddy

 

Early silver caddies are quite plain.

  • 1680-1730 – plain, oblong with pull off lid
  • 1709 – octagonal
  • 1715 – baluster form
  • 1730’s sets of 2-3 – silver tea caddies common with a fitted case
  • 1734-1740 – rectangular still fashionable
  • 1750’s – Rococo popular
Silver Tea Caddies
A silver tea caddy by Paul Crespin, London 1745.
Silver Tea Caddy

As silver tea caddies grew larger, the case they lived in became more elaborate (1730-1760).

  • 1760 – Chinoisserie, tea leaves etc, but also began to grow bored of over fancy Rococo and Chippendale designs.1770’s – Adams and Neoclassical silver tea caddy designs popular, with foliage and urn motifs being common.
  • 1770’s – Adams and Neoclassical designs popular, with foliage and urn motifs being popular.
  • 1800 – more people drinking tea and the quality of the silver declined as a result.  Plain silver tea caddies were also back in vogue. 

[Sassy_Social_Share] 

Silver Tea Caddies

Tea was first introduced into the UK in 1670 alongside coffee and chocolate.  It was believed to be beneficial to health and soon became very popular amongst the upper classes.  In the beginning tea was consumed at coffee houses or tea gardens.  Following the reduction in cost of tea, more people began to populate the coffee houses and so the upper classes took their tea consuming habits into the home in around 1685.  It is from this date on that we start to find more tea related items of silver like silver tea caddies.

 

Tea was very expensive, selling for around 12s to £3 per lb (around £600).  The tea that went into silver tea caddies was all grown in China until 1820, when India took over production.

Around the turn of the 19th century, tea was no longer made by the lady of the house but by a maid or servant out of sight.  They then bought the tea in pre-prepared on a silver tray with a silver service.

The development of the silver tea caddy

Early silver caddies are quite plain.

  • 1680-1730 – plain, oblong with pull off lid
  • 1709 – octagonal
  • 1715 – baluster form
  • 1730’s sets of 2-3 – silver tea caddies common with a fitted case
  • 1734-1740 – rectangular still fashionable
  • 1750’s – Rococo popular
Silver Tea Caddy
A silver tea caddy by Paul Crespin, London 1745.

As silver tea caddies grew larger, the case they lived in became more elaborate (1730-1760).

  • 1760 – Chinoisserie, tea leaves etc, but also began to grow bored of over fancy Rococo and Chippendale designs.1770’s – Adams and Neoclassical silver tea caddy designs popular, with foliage and urn motifs being common.
  • 1770’s – Adams and Neoclassical designs popular, with foliage and urn motifs being popular.
  • 1800 – more people drinking tea and the quality of the silver declined as a result.  Plain silver tea caddies were also back in vogue. 

[Sassy_Social_Share] 

FREE SILVER TEA CADDY VALUATIONS

Valuations

Are you looking for a valuation of your silver tea caddy?  If so then we can help. 

Email details about your item to [email protected] or call us on 01477 410893

You can also send us images via WhatsApp or SMS to 07415 145228

Alternatively, use the form to send us information about your item and we will reply with a valuation.

Selling Your  Silver Tea Caddy

We can help you sell your silver tea caddy and get the best possible price for it.  We sell both through auction and private sales, using the route which will earn you the most money.

For more information please look at our Services page.

Why use Mark Littler

  • Access to every auction house in the UK.
  • By selecting the auction house that is best suited to your items we significantly increase the final sale price.
  • Our private sales earn you on average 35% more than by selling at auction.
  • We handle everything on your behalf from valuation to sale.
  • We’re independent, so offer unbiased and impartial advice.

Free Online Antique Valuation Form

Are you looking for a valuation of your caddy? If so then we can help.

Email details about your item to [email protected] or call us on 01477 410893

You can also click to send us a text

Alternatively, use the form to send us information about your item and we will reply with a valuation.

Online Valuation Form