Regency Yew Wood Tea Caddy

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Regency Yew Wood Tea Caddy

An early 19th century Regency yew wood veneered tea caddy.

The caddy is box wood edged with a pair of brass lion mask handles and has a working lock and key.

The interior has two yew wood veneered lids with turned ivory knobs and the underside of the lid has a poetry quote "Love takes new lustre from the touch of time".

We have now been told it is a paraphrase from a Thomas Hood poem "Love, Dear Lady, Such As I would speak"

Love, dearest Lady, such as I would speak,
Lives not within the humor of the eye;—
Not being but an outward phantasy,
That skims the surface of a tinted cheek,—
Else it would wane with beauty, and grow weak,
As if the rose made summer,—and so lie
Amongst the perishable things that die,
Unlike the love which I would give and seek:
Whose health is of no hue—to feel decay
With cheeks' decay, that have a rosy prime.
Love is its own great loveliness alway,
And takes new lustre from the touch of time;
Its bough owns no December and no May,
But bears its blossom into Winter's clime.

Given the dates it was probably given as a Silver Anniversary gift.

The caddy is in good condition with a working lock and key. (Circa 1820)

Height 13cm (5.1 inches)
Width 19.5cm (7.7 inches)
Depth 11.3cm (4.4 inches)