Dating in the eighteenth century
Anglo-Indian ivory and Chinese export lacquer caddies were brought from the end of the 18th century.
However serious importation did not start until the beginning of the 19th century (SEE ANGLO-INDIAN and The Chinese caddies had removable soft metal containers, which were engraved with floral or oriental designs.
By the last decades of the 18th century the philosophical, stylistic and financial certainties of the mid eighteenth century were already undermined by exposure to different cultures.
Improved transport and trade changed both cultural perceptions and social structures.
Small caddies were sometimes covered in paper and then painted and gilded.
They are discreetly decorated in the neo classical style with paint and gilding. The first straw work caddies known in England were tin 'Jars' covered in straw work and brought most probably from Holland, in the 17th century.
Satinwood and other light coloured woods were used to veneer caddies destined to be painted.