Georgian Tea Caddy, Rule Britannia medallion, c1798
A fine George III rosewood double tea caddy
with superb inlays of Britannia and Her Lion
possibly to commemorate Nelson's victory at The Nile
This superb rosewood caddy features a highly rare inlaid medallion to the lid featuring an amusing Britannia and Her Lion, executed in dyed green harewood and hot-sand shaded boxwood. To the front panel is a fine example of the more often-used Georgian conch shell medallion.
It has been suggested that the pairing of these two motifs may pay tribute to Admiral Horatio Nelson's victory against Napoleon at the Nile (1798); Britannia, the Lion and the Conch symbolizing England's complete domination of the waves.
The interior retains the original tin lining and features two 'floating' boxwood lids with original brass knobs.
In original, untouched condition, generally excellent.
With original working brass lock and hardware featuring an ivory escutcheon and original working key.
7.5 inches wide, 5 inches high, 4.5 inches deep.
A fine George III rosewood double tea caddy inlaid with Britannia c1798