A small blonde tortoiseshell tea caddy from the nineteenth century. It measures 3 1/2″ high x 4 3/16″ wide. This caddy is eight sided with a slightly domed lid. It has ivory banding outside and ivory slips inside. It has a small white metal cartouche on the lid and push button opening. The small internal lid sits above an original zinc lined compartment for tea. Several old repairs to the tortoiseshell show it was much loved. The blonde tortoiseshell has typical light brown figuring.