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Tea Chest

1977.212 (RS32554)

Description

Rectangular tea box with molded base, brass inlay; hinged lid with brass handle, divided interior of three sections fitted with tin caddy; green velvet lining on the lid. Box rests on ogee bracket feet.

Details

Label
Cherished Possessions: Most of the furniture that Jonathan Sayward bought came from York, Maine, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, or Boston, Massachusetts. This small tea chest, however, which Sayward purchased from the Boston importer John Scollay in 1758, is English. Tea chests were a specialty item, and perhaps few were made locally. Like so much of the Sayward furnishings, it survives in its original condition, retaining the tin canisters for two kinds of tea and the original velvet and silk braid lining the top.
Jonathan Sayward purchased this small tea chest in 1758 from Boston importer John Scollay. Despite his loyalty to England, most of the furniture that Sayward bought came from his own town of York, nearby Portsmouth, New Hampshire, or Boston. This item is English. Tea chests were a specialty item, and perhaps few were made locally. Like so many of the Sayward furnishings, the tea chest survives in its original condition, retaining the tin canisters for two kinds of tea and the original velvet and silk braid lining the top.
Maker
unknown
Date
1720-1750
Location of origin
England
Associated Building
Original to Sayward-Wheeler House (York Harbor, Me.).
Material
brass (alloy)
mahogany (wood)
silk (textile)
tin (metal)
velvet (fabric weave)
veneering
Object type
Food Processing & Preparation T&E; Food Storage Equipment
Descriptive terms
brass (alloy)
Caddy, Food
Caddy, Tea
mahogany (wood)
Queen Anne
silk (textile)
tea caddies (containers)
tin (metal)
velvet (fabric weave)
veneering
Dimensions
6 11/16 x 10 1/2 x 6 3/16 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1977.212
Credit Line
Gift of the heirs of Elizabeth Cheever Wheeler
GUSN
3870

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