A rare collection of Vizagapatam boxes, they include; A matched pair of Horn & Ivory Tea Caddies, A Horn, Ivory and Porcupine quill sewing box and a sandal wood and engraved lac filled Ivory sewing box.
We believe that this pair of Anglo Indain Vizagapatam Tea Caddies must have been made in the same workshop, as their dimensions, shape and half-gadrooned shaped feet are almost identical.
The Horn Caddy has elaborate entwined & engraved silver initials on the top finial, with bone inlays breaking up its complex ribbed bombe shaped exterior. Its interior has engraved lac filled borders surrounding buffalo horn, with a cut-glass caddy bowl. The tea caddy is stamped by the retailer Fisher, 188 Strand, London. Samuel Fisher was first listed in London directories in 1839, as a Dressing Case Maker which continued until at least 1899 (in 1882 this was amended to Fisher & Son. Although he was mainly known as a retailer of high quality luxury goods, he was also listed as an Ivory turner in trade directories between 1865 and 1869.
The Ivory Caddy has ribbed Ivory all around its beautiful bombe shape, stands on half gadrooned bun feet, and contains two removable ribbed Ivory tea canisters either side of a cut glass mixing bowl.
Both of these wonderful Vizagapatam Tea Caddies have original caddy bowls & come with a fully working locks & tasselled keys.