Stunning and exceptional example of a well grained Fully Fitted Double Coromandle Tea Caddy of compact proportions, early Nineteenth Century, of English origin.
The rectangular hinged lid opening to reveal two lift out original interior satinwood tea cannisters complete with twin dome shaped covers, the outer body with lavish brass inlay Greek key decorative pattern inlay on edges of cover and front areas
Condition: Good condition, original good surface patination. Lock is present, key does not turn, some wear to led lining inside, small hair line to one inside lid, see image.
Height: 6" (15.25cm). Width: 10" (25cm). Depth: 5.75" (14.5cm).
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Coromandel: also known as Makassar Ebony, is a member of the genus Diospyros and one of the plants commonly known as ebony. Coromandel ebony wood is variegated, streaky brown and black, nearly always wide striped. It is considered a highly valuable wood for turnery, fine cabinet work and joinery.
The tree grows up to 20 meters under favourable circumstances, although such trees are rarely seen nowadays. Since Coromandel ebony has been a woodworker's favorite for centuries, most of it has been felled and used in high quality furniture. The natural area of distribution are some Indonesian islands.As this exceptionally beautiful species of the Ebonies has been much appreciated by woodworkers all over the world through the past 2 centuries it has now become a very scarce and expensive timber. The small available amounts on the market have led to very high prices, Makassar ebony nowadays belongs to the highest priced timbers on the world, the region of growth is quite restricted.