An early to mid 19th century rosewood tea caddy. It is of sarcophagus shape and would be late Regency or William IV in period. The lid overhangs the base and the body tapers towards to the base. Inset in the lid is a small mother of pearl cartouche and the escutcheon is also in mother of pearl. It has a working brass lock with key. Inside there are two removable lidded caddies and a central area with (modern replacement) glass cannister. Each side has a wooden ring handle and the feet are also wood and of bun form. .
Surface generally good with slight shrinkage splits as typically found, surface probably refinished at some point. A piece of moulding missing to the right back side (as viewed head on). Mixing cannister is a modern jar. Foil inside caddies largely missing (as usual). Splits in the nodules holding the handle rings.