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THE MACKWORTH CASTLE TEA CADDY. A very rare & unusual George III side opening Tea Caddy made in London in 1788 by Henry Chawner.


The Tea Caddy is broad rectangular in form with cut corners and a flat top. The sides and cover are engraved with beautiful crisp bands of bright cut flower heads on a scratch engraved ground. Both sides of the main body are engraved with a cut cornered cartouche engraved with the same designs as shown on the upper and lower bands. One cartouche is engraved with a contemporary lozenge shaped Armorial and the other is vacant. The cover terminates in an oval silver mounted finial, surrounded by sunburst design and the hinge is finely concealed. The Tea Caddy is in quite excellent condition and is fully marked on the base and with the sterling mark on the cover. The Caddy has its original lock and unusually opens from the other direction, which is more usually seen. Henry Chawner is considered to be one of the finest engravers at this date and this piece shows exceptional decoration.

The Arms are those of Mackworth of Mackworth Castle, Derbyshire. The Arms, being in a lozenge, are those of a Lady, a widow one would assume, given that the Arms of pretence for an Heiress, appear in the centre. An engraving of the gatehouse of Mackworth Castle is shown, circa 1800.

Height: 4.5 inches, 11.3cm.

Length: 5.45 inches, 13.63cm.

Width: 3.3 inches, 8.3cm.

Weight: 15oz.