circa 1830 - 1840
Mahogany, glass, brass lock
76 cm (Height); 53 cm (Diameter)
Place of origin
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Arlington Court, Devon (Accredited Museum)
Seemingly it is a simple little table from which to serve tea, but on raising the top (as you see it displayed here) it conceals a group of three tea-caddies and three blending bowls. As tea was considered a precious commodity, it could be locked in here and blended to order when needed.
The mahogany teapoy, English, circa 1830-1840. The circular telescopic top fitted with a Bramah lock and concealing three mahogany caddies with hinged lids and three glass blending bowls, the plain frieze with gadrooned lower rim, supported on an octagonal column carved with foliate collar and with concave-sided platform base and scroll feet.