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Double Tea Caddy: C.548 & A & B-1928

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Double Tea Caddy


Unidentified Staffordshire factory (Factory)


White stoneware, press-moulded, and salt-glazed

White stoneware, press-moulded and salt-glazed. Rectangular with a transverse division, double arched top, and two necks fitted with screw stoppers, each in the form of a flower. The top was originally decorated with six small finials of which stumps remain. The sides and shoulders are decorated in low relief with a geometrical pattern of squares, each made up of four smaller squares containing five spots. Between the main squares there are horizontal and vertical dividers resembling rope.


History note: Mr Phillips, Hitchin, from whom purchased for £4.4s. in August, 1905, by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 14.1 cm
Height: 15.3 cm
Length: 14.5 cm
Width: 6.8 cm

Relative size of this object

14.5 cm15.3 cm What does this represent?

Relative size of this object is displayed using code inspired by Good Form and Spectacle's work on the British Museum's Waddeson Bequest website and their dimension drawer. They chose a tennis ball to represent a universally sized object, from which you could envisage the size of an object.

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928-12-07) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


Mid 18th Century
George II
Circa 1750 CE - 1760 1760 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Surface: composed of salt-glaze Knob: Diameter 5 cm

Materials used in production

White stoneware

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : White stoneware, moulded, with a transverse wall inside to form two caddies, and salt-glazed; the screw top covers are made separately

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular white paper stick on label with blue fleur-de-lys in top corners and double blue line along top, right and left sides

  • Text: No 2507/Double tea caddy/of Staffs white/stoneware (with/stoppers.) bt at/Hitchin Aug 1905
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Hand-written
  • Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.548 & A & B-1928
Primary reference Number: 75489
Old object number: 2507
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Sunday 21 November 2021 Last processed: Sunday 28 November 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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