This rare late 19th Century Copeland (Spode) transfer ware tea caddy has a hand painted peacock in a cartouche on either side. The background is typical of chintz ware which was popular in Victorian times.
The mark is number 256 from Robert Copeland’s ‘Spode and Copeland Marks’ second edition. It dates from about 1890. It is marked as pattern 6514.
The caddy would have been used for storing tea and there would have been some sort of seal to keep the tea fresh. The lid is probably not original; I think it would have been ceramic rather than metal. This lid is possibly silver plate but it is not hallmarked.
It is 5 inches (12.5 cm) tall, 3.75 inches (9.5 cm) across and 2.75 inches (7 cm) at its widest point.
It is in very good condition; there are no chips or cracks. There is some crazing around the opening of the caddy but this is not visible with the lid on. There is also some light crazing on the surface. The inside is, not surprisingly, stained by tea. It is a very pretty little decorative piece and displays well
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19th Century Copeland (Late Spode) Rare Tea Caddy, c1890
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