An English caddy holds Keno keepsakes.
Tea chests came to be called caddies from the Malay word kati, a measure of weight for tea--approximately 1.3 pounds. Boxes were designed with this amount in mind, and foil-lined, lidded compartments provided room for both black and green teas and sometimes included an extra compartment for sugar.
A dazzling, decorative box is affordable if "original condition" isn’t your cup of tea and you don’t mind replaced handles or a lost key. The price should reflect repairs, and all reconditioning should be recorded on the sales receipt.
Photograph: Doug Todd