Antique Box Collecting

Last weekend we purchased a lovely Georgian tea caddy. This new acquisition got me thinking about what my “dream collection’ of boxes might include.  One thought was that the collection should include examples from different periods of history. Another idea was that it would be interesting to collect different examples of the same kind of box.  Chippendale’s  “Gentleman’s &Cabinet Maker’s Director” of 1762 had six different patterns for tea caddies and these must be a least a hundred variations of this type of box alone.  Other ideas included collecting boxes of all the same material or all the same size. However the problem was approached,  the outcome would be the same – a handsome, interesting and useful collection!

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