You are looking at a gorgeous Victorian Period silver plated (silver over copper) Tea Caddy made around 1890. This unusual tea caddy has beautiful, highly chased decoration with 4 different scenes in high relief. One features a harbor with steam boats.
The base features the hallmarks of an unknown (probably American) maker. Measures about 5" high, 2 3/4" wide and 2 3/4 deep.This wonderful tea caddy is in very nice condition although the silver is a little worn which doesn't reduce its appeal. Manufacturing technique : Repousse is a metalworking technique in which a malleable metal is ornamented or shaped by hammering from the reverse side to create a design in low relief. There are few techniques that offer such diversity of expression while still being relatively economical. Chasing is the opposite technique to repoussé, and the two are used in conjunction to create a finished piece. It is also known as embossing.
While repoussé is used to work on the reverse of the metal to form a raised design on the front, chasing is used to refine the design on the front of the work by sinking the metal. This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Silverplate\Tea/Coffee Pots & Sets". The seller is "quetzalpapalottl" and is located in this country: US.This item can be shipped to United States, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Norway, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Republic of Croatia, Malaysia, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Jamaica, Ecuador, Egypt, Macau, Peru, Paraguay, Vietnam, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts-Nevis, Turks and Caicos Islands, Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, Bolivia, French Guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Martinique, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Canada, South Africa, Colombia, Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Lucia, Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Maldives, Oman, Reunion, Sri Lanka, Montserrat, China, Thailand, Switzerland, Brazil.