This is a vintage Tea Caddy, an advertising piece commemorating the centenary of the Tetley Tea company established in 1837. The octagonal shaped metal tea caddy was used to keep tea leaves fresh. The surface decoration is in blue and gold. Also displayed are photographs of the members of the founding Tetley family along with historical scenes connected with the company.

Family members shown are:

Joseph Tetley Senior 1820 – 1899.

Joseph Tetley Junior 1849 – 1935

William Tetley-Jones 1877 – 1936

The lid also shows: Tetley Fine Choice Teas

A great gift for tea memorabilia collectors, those interested in advertising or social history, an authentic prop for a play or television drama or simply as a small decorative piece.

Tea’s popularity as a wholesome, invigorating drink first spread throughout China and Japan. In Britain we have been drinking tea for over 350 years. But, it took an exciting turn in the year 1837, when the Tetley brothers went into business in Yorkshire, England.

Tea plants flourish in warm, moist climates and can grow twenty feet high if left unchecked. There was a time when all our black tea came from China, but not anymore! Tetley’s experienced buyers work closely with thousands of tea gardens in over twenty different countries to select the very best tea leaves. The finest tea is grown in sunny climates and at high altitudes, with the tea plants trimmed to only three to four feet in height. The largest producers of tea leaves are Kenya, Sri Lanka, India, and China, but tea is grown wherever there is a healthy amount of rain and sunshine.

More information:

Date 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, 2010s
Material(s) Tin
Item number MBPO335

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