|Title:||Antique Tea Caddy|
|Description:||A rosewood box with round wooden handles. 11.75 inches long x 8.5 inches deep x7 inches tall|
|Condition:||very good except that the base is missing-there is no bottom to this piece.|
|Provenance:||owned by long term antiques collector and dealer|
|Appraised By:||Judith Katz-Schwartz|
|Appraiser Comments:||I believe you have a tea caddy. Notice the little handles on the sides. This is for carrying the box to the table. Another possibility would be a cigar humidor, but then there would be a receptacle in the cover to hold damp cotton. The keyhole indicates that the box was originally meant to be locked. Since tea was considered a precious commodity, tea caddies were lockable.
The box is definitely 19th century, judging by its design and construction, but without examining it in person, I couldn't confirm that it was made in a particular decade.
The box's condition will substantially reduce its value on the collecting market. Items with missing parts are far less desirable than complete examples, and a box that is missing its bottom is not a box anymore. You are also missing two of the four casters on the bun feet, and there is a large chip in the wood at the back of the box.
Since I am unable to examine this item in person, it is assumed for the purpose of this appraisal to be a 19th century partial box, missing its bottom and two casters, with a large chip at the back, and peeling interior lining. The values given below are based on these assumptions.
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