A small antique veneered wood sarcophagus shaped tea caddy in need of restoration. The veneer is possibly rosewood veneer, but different types of wood are not our forte. Please check the photographs carefully.
The caddy has been lightly cleaned only. There is some staining to the veneer which could be from water, and the varnish is worn in places. There are some small dinks, and a small amount of pocking or bubbling to the veneer.
Although the caddy is structurally sound, we feel that the hinges to the lid are not the best and could be a later replacement. The caddy has a lock to the front but we have no key, and are unable to say whether the lock is in working order. In addition, the escutcheon surrounding the keyhole seems to have been painted black.
The caddy stands on four wood supports, three of which are bun shaped and presumed to be the originals, and the fourth is what we believe to be a miniature draught piece.
The lining to the base has deteriorated and is hardly present. Inside the box, the two compartments lid which presumably would have been present are missing, as is the zinc or lead lining (there is some lining but this appears to be paper).
The base of the caddy measures just under 8in by just under 4in and the main body measures just under 8.75in by just under 4.75in at its longest and widest. The caddy stands at just under 5.75in tall to the uppermost part of the lid (and including the supports). Exact age unknown but probably dates from the earlier part of last century, or before that. Weighs just under 500g.
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