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Keno Eye: Antique Tea Caddies

From the Editors of Traditional Home
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Leigh (left) found a letter from the twins’ mother, the late Norma Keno, inside Leslie’s 19th-century walnut caddy.

The Victoria and Albert Museum in London has the world’s most extensive caddy collection, some donated by Queen Mary, consort of George V. Among the treasures is a caddy--reputedly made from a mulberry tree that grew in Shakespeare’s garden--featuring a carved bust of Shakespeare plus relief carvings of fruits and flowers. It’s signed by George Cooper and dated 1791.

Good Reading: Try Stones’ Pocket Guide to Tea Caddies by Noël Riley (2002) and Antique Boxes, Tea Caddies, & Society: 1700–1880 by Antigone Clarke and Joseph O’Kelly (Schiffer Publishing).