The development of the elegant tea caddy in Britain, as seen in this exhibition, came from the habit of fashionable society taking tea in the afternoon, about 1750. Caddies reflect the fashion of the day. Many were of elaborate shape and veneerede in exotic woods.
Bercause tea was expensive it was kept in a locked caddy and the ladfy of the house or the housekeeper kept the key. Different compartments stored different teas and often there was a bowl for mixing. Tea was measured in a caddy spoon.