Tea Caddy

English (London)
about 1715
Marked by William Truss (free 1713)

Object Place: Europe, London, England


13 x 7.8 x 5.4 cm (5 1/8 x 3 1/16 x 2 1/8 in.) Weight: 200.5 gm ( 6 oz 9 dwt) Weight: 201.3 gm (6 oz 9 dwt)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View





The bombé canisters are eight-sided, with broad panels in the front and back. They are constructed of eight formed sections, seamed vertically, with an inset base. The covers are similarly constructed. The finial is cast. Several dents have been removed and resoldering has been done, particularly on the interior of the cover.


ARMORIALS: engraved on sides of each, the arms of Wilson impaling an unidentified coat of arms (a wolf rampant and in chief three estoiles, impaling on a fess a lion passant)
INSCRIPTIONS: on underside of each, engraved "T / I * E"; On a., engraved below rim, "B"; on b., engraved below rim, "G".


(a)On underside, maker's mark TR (Grimwade 2896), maker's mark (obscured), possibly RO (Grimwade 2393); lion's head erased; (repeated inside of cover); (b)on underside, maker's mark TR (Grimwade 2393) (struck twice); lion's head erased (repeated on inside cover).


Firestone & Parson, Inc., Boston; By 1977, sold by Firestone & Parson to Mrs. Harding Greene; 1977, gift of Mrs. Harding Greene to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 14, 1977)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Harding Greene