Tea caddy or tobacco box | A tea caddy is a closed container for dry tea, used as part of a tea service. The term caddy (originally 'catti') is derived from the Malay word kati, which was a unit of measure used exclusively for tea. A kati equalled about 600 grams--the weight of the standard 18th century packet of tea.
Exceptional Tortoise and Mother of Pearl Tea Caddy, C1810, of rectangular form with skirted base; the hinged lid with Mother of Pearl and ivory inlay, the front also decorated with mother of pearl with two covered compartments and silver escutcheon, supported by bun feet, with working key and lock.
AN ITALIAN OCTAGONAL MICROMOSAIC AND MARBLE TABLE TOP, ROMAN, THIRD QUARTER 19TH CENTURY centred by a beaded medallion depicting a recumbent tiger within a border of stylized drapery and eight butterflies and stylised labyrinth motif and verde antico band within a gilt-bronze border, on a later verde antico support (not illustrated)