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    Pre-Revolutionary War: "Free Trade" American Tea Caddy ex: Florene Maine. Very historic brass and cast iron tea caddy emblazoned with the political slogan "Free Trade". The caddy is of octagonal form. It is 4.25" wide, 3" deep and 5" tall with the lid in place. It is made of cast iron. The exterior is covered with a thin sheet of lead onto which the design is etched. The interior is painted green. It rests on four brass bun feet. It has an inner lid with brass knob handle. The upper lid has a brass finial handle. One side has a basket, a pair of wine glasses and the initials "J S". The other side shows a sailing ship with the overhead motto "Free Trade". The smaller sides show trees, a bird and an anchor. The bottom is stamped "E. T. & Burk No. 1". According to the consignor, it was acquired from Florene Maine of Ridgefield, Connecticut, one of the nation's preeminent dealers of Americana 50+ years ago. Exudes a great deal of age, in keeping with the time frame of its manufacture which we estimate to be circa 1765, concurrent with the "No Stamp Act" controversy which would lead to the Boston Tea Party and the American Revolution a few short years later. "No Stamp Act" teapots have sold for $100-$150K. In addition, American-made tea caddies, which this seems to be, are highly desirable. The design elements point to a Pennsylvania origin.

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    Auction Dates
    May, 2019
    4th-5th Saturday-Sunday
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