And this is caused by the wood shrinking and pulling apart over time. I'll tell you, on one of the positive sides is it has very good color. And actually it looks like it might have had traces of some red stain here. And on the bottom and to the side, we have these splits that go through the wood.
Antigone Clarke, 63, of Hackney, east London, has been collecting and trading tea caddies for 30 years and has co-written a book, Antique Boxes, Tea Caddies & Society.
She runs a shop called Antique Boxes at the Sign of the Hygra in Hackney.
A good-quality tea caddy has a strong aesthetic appearance, achieved through the attention to detail and craftsmanship.
Not forgetting its function of storing the ingredient behind the nation’s prize possession – a good old brew!
APPRAISER: Okay, actually, what it is, is it's a tea caddy. APPRAISER: And this would have been made in England in the early part of the 19th century, made about 1800, 1810. APPRAISER: Well, at auction, how does $3,000 strike you? Value can change: The value of an item is dependent upon many things, including the condition of the object itself, trends in the market for that kind of object, and the location where the item will be sold.