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S/3180 Antique 18th Century Sheraton Period Two Division Purple Heart Tea Caddy

A fine Sheraton Period two division tea caddy in purple heart, outlined with boxwood stringing and having an oval inlay panel on the lid in boxwood and sycamore, depicting a beetle with wings outstretched. The front has an oval panel, centered with a shell in the traditional manner. The front and top, crossbanded in tulip wood within boxwood and holly stringing, has canted corners. The two front ones are inlaid with a vase and leaves. The whole, fitted with a lock and key, is unfaded, of a rich colour and retains a patination.

Sold 7 in. (18.5 cm.) Wide
4 in. (11 cm.) Deep
5 in. (13 cm.) High
English Circa 1790