This piece was made by renowned silversmith Thomas Ash and below there are a few examples of his tea caddies. Unusually this tea caddy has its original lead liner and slide off bottom. Usually you find a early tea caddy like this will have a slide off top, a slide off bottom is not unique but certainly rarer.
This allows a full lead liner to keep the tea fresh and to have the original is very rare. There are good clear hallmark's near the base although the makers mark is a little worn. There is the Britannia Standard mark to the bottom slide and rim. The lid is original however it is not marked but this is generally the case with early caddies.
There is a vacant cartouche to the front which is certainly early 18th century in style and period to the tea caddy. The caddy measures approximately 12.5cms high and weighs 257 grams (silver weight excluding liner). Overall this is a excellent example where I can not find any fault. The item "Rare Queen Anne Britannia Standard Silver Tea Caddy. London 1710" is in sale since Monday, June 20, 2016.
This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Solid Silver\Boxes". The seller is "originalfeatures" and is located in Barnet. This item can be shipped to United Kingdom.