You are looking at a gorgeous Victorian Period silver plated (silver over copper) Tea Caddy made by E. Webster & Son, around 1890.
This unusual tea caddy has beautiful, highly chased decoration with 4 different scenes in high relief. The front and rear sides show children at play with some unusual details e.
In the background an animal peers through the shrubberies. The base features the hallmarks of famous maker E.
Webster & Son, Brooklyn NY. The company began business in 1859.Measures about 4" high, 4" wide and 3 deep. This wonderful tea caddy is in very nice condition although the silver is a little worn around the edges which doesn't reduce its appeal. Manufacturing technique : Repousse is a metalworking technique in which a malleable metal is ornamented or shaped by hammering from the reverse side to create a design in low relief. There are few techniques that offer such diversity of expression while still being relatively economical.
Chasing is the opposite technique to repoussé, and the two are used in conjunction to create a finished piece. It is also known as embossing.While repoussé is used to work on the reverse of the metal to form a raised design on the front, chasing is used to refine the design on the front of the work by sinking the metal. The maker : Webster Mfg Co was formed in Brooklyn New York in 1859. They have had three names: Webster Mfg. Webster & Son 1886 1928 in 1928 the son Fred H. The factories were moved from Brooklyn to Meriden. The item "GREAT ANTIQUE E. WEBSTER & SON SILVER PLATED TEA CADDY, c. 1890" is in sale since Saturday, November 1, 2014. This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Silverplate\Tea/Coffee Pots & Sets".
The seller is "quetzalpapalottl" and is located in Miami, Florida. This item can be shipped worldwide.