Expensive teas were often kept in a teapoy, a lockable box on a stand. This one contains metal canisters for two different teas, ready for blending. It was specially made for Annette Hesketh, mistress of the house in Victorian times. The Hesketh crest of a wheatsheaf is featured in the carving of the lid.
Carved walnut and oak teapoy, c.1830, with 17th-century style carving to the walnut box; the lid carved with the Hesketh wheatsheaf crest within a wreath, with a border of guilloche; the sides with diamond patterns, dentil moulding and gadrooning; the stand with four turned and spiral-twist oak columns on a rectangular platform supported by lion's paw feet on castors; the interior fitted with two square tin canisters with hinged lids.