Melon tea caddy with a fantastic green and brown mottled decoration featuring a shaped wood stalk, steel lock, hinge and oval escutcheon. The melon’s colour and patination are superb and make the caddy a prized piece in any caddy or box collection. The interior still has traces of the original tin lining, has a working lock & tasselled key. German, circa 1800.
Melons are the most rare and sought after of the fruit tea caddies, with patination and colour being paramount when it comes to collecting these wonderful treen pieces of art.