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Sterling Silver "Hand Made" Oval Tea Caddy with Pineapple Top

Sterling Silver "Hand Made" Oval Tea Caddy with Pineapple Top
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A 3 1/8" by 2 3/4" oval that stands 3" high to the rim, 4" to the tip of the finial, this tea caddy weighs a substantial 6.0 T. oz.

It is stamped on the bottom "Sterling," "Hand Made," and with a lion passant, but without a maker's identification, although it is clearly American in origin.

Note: the style follows after a tea caddy form made popular by renowned silversmith William G. DeMatteo, Bergenfield, New Jersey, who also used the term "Hand Made," and whose son followed him in the trade and who served as Master Silversmith at Colonial Williamsburg for a number of years.

Plain walled, it has a flat bottom and gadroon top rim

There is a fitted and hinged lid that has an off-white composite or natural material pineapple finial with silver leaves and knob top.

It is in excellent condition. The body is free of dents or mars, showing only one slight imprint in an otherwise smooth, bright, surface. The lid is even, fits snugly, and has a secure hinge.

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