Tea or tobacco caddy

about 1897
George Prentiss Kendrick (American, 1850–1919)

Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


12.06 cm (4 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Spun copper with tin or silver lining, repoussed and chased

Not On View





Small spun, hand-hammered vessel having straight sides that extend outward before curving inward at shoulder. Short neck on vessel receives detachable, friction-fitted cover. Body of vessel bears three bands of repousse decoration. The lowest and largest section consists of broad vertical reeds; a chased guilloche pattern forms narrow mid-section; upper register reprises lower lower section, but with alternating reeded and fluted bands. Lid has a series of flutes that radiate from center whorl. Base of vessel is lightly scribed with lines that radiate from center, probbly as an aid to creating reeds.


Marked "G.P. K." incuse on base with assorted numbers and letters on base, including "#8" and "K"/


Purchased by the seller from ARK Antiques, New Haven, Connecticut, in 1986, who reportedly acquired it through a source in Marblehead, Massachusetts; purchased by the Museum in 1997.

Credit Line

Gift of The Seminarians