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A very rare & early George I Britannia Standard Tea Caddy made in London in 1718 by John Farnell.


The Tea Caddy, which is plain in design and octagonal in form, stands on a cast and applied stepped foot and has a sliding removable base in order to fill the Caddy. The domed pull off cover terminates in a ball finial and is decorated with reeding and the front, and reverse, of the main body is engraved with a Pelican in her piety Crest, on a chapeau. The Caddy is fully marked on the back panel, with the makers mark and lions head on the sliding base and also with the lions head on the pull off cover. It would appear that John Farnell specialised in this type of Tea Caddy and this example is of a very good colour and gauge. He was apprentice to the exceptional maker, Thomas Ash. Tea Caddies do not often appear before this date, therefore this represents a very rare early example. It is the second oldest we have offered over the years. The cover would also have been used as a measure when making the tea.

Height: 4.5 inches, 11.25cm

Length: 3.1 inches, 7.75cm.

Width: 1.9 inches, 4.75cm.

Weight: 8oz.