As we all know, tea once was a precious commodity. It was store securely in locked boxes, commonly called tea caddies. Storage for the tea was on the left and right sides of the box's interior while the center had a bowl for mixing. The tea caddy was a valued piece in the home many years ago, and it still is today, but with a different purpose.
Presently, tea caddies are beautiful antique accessories many people collect and display in their homes. This decorative box is timeless and perfect to display on chests, coffee tables, mantles and bookcases. Your options are endless and they are a beautiful storage solution (and we all seem to need more storage!) And while they can certainly be placed in feminine spaces, they are perfect gifts for husbands/boyfriends/dads/brothers ... they likely don't have one already and they are sure to love it!
A tea caddy is also a wonderful antique to collect because its price is more modest compared with larger items. Mrs. Howard has a variety of sizes and finishes of these antique boxes, and Phoebe and Jim look high and low on their buying trips throughout Europe to find the most beautiful tea caddies available. Most of the tea caddies we have are from England. Phoebe loves them for their clean lines and rich patinas. Here is a sample of what we currently have at Mrs. Howard: