Prices have rocketed over the past decade with some of the earliest Georgian examples going for in excess of £1000 while simple wooden caddies from the Victorian era sell for a minimum for £200.As well as being a place to store tea, co-author of Antique Boxes, Tea Caddies and Society, Antigone Clarke, reveals, "The caddies offer a social record of a fascinating era when drinking tea was reserved for the upper classes or the wealthy new middle classes".With sliding top and lift off cap which doubles as a tea measure.
Caddies also often had locks so the highly priced leaves were kept safe.
APPRAISER: Okay, actually, what it is, is it's a tea caddy. APPRAISER: And this would have been made in England in the early part of the 19th century, made about 1800, 1810. APPRAISER: Well, at auction, how does ,000 strike you? Value can change: The value of an item is dependent upon many things, including the condition of the object itself, trends in the market for that kind of object, and the location where the item will be sold.