A scarce English Regency period tortoise shell tea caddy with reverse serpentine front, domed top, and shaped apron base, circa 1820, exhibiting a double compartment interior with original tortoise shell lids. There is a silvered, scalloped key hole escutcheon plate and a shield shaped silvered plaque on the lid, with ivory trim surrounding the openings. Condition: This caddy is in need of professional restoration as the shell is lifting at the edges in several places, though almost all of the veneer is intact. It retains its original hinges but is missing one of the wooden compressed ball feet at the rear. Size: 7 3/4" x 5 1/8" x 4 3/4" ht.