Tea Caddy

Embroidered tea caddy, c. 1820, England. Embroidered tea caddy, c. 1820, England. Copyright Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK, acc. no. W.31:1, 2-1927.

An embroidered tea caddy or tea canister dating to the early nineteenth century is held in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. The caddy is made of rolled paperwork and wood. The object is signed in embroidery with the name of M. Skeet and that of Melford School. M. Skeet was probably the embroideress, Mary Skeet (1807-1885), who was the daughter of the landlord of The Greyhound Inn in the village of Lavenham, near Long Melford in Surrey.

Another panel on the caddy is embroidered with a floral design. The caddy was given to the V&A by Queen Mary, wife of George V, in 1927.

The caddy is 12 cm high and 17.5 cm wide.

V&A online catalogue (retrieved 13 September 2016).


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