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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.
tea caddies (containers)
velvet (fabric weave)
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.
Original to Sayward-Wheeler House (York Harbor, Me.),
6 11/16 x 10 1/2 x 6 3/16 (HxWxD) (inches)
Gift of the heirs of Elizabeth Cheever Wheeler