|A late18th century green tortoiseshell tea caddy, painted for our desk calendar.|
|A George III Tea Caddy, courtesy Nick Brock Antiques.|
In my research, I came across an illuminating article from Mallett Antiques in New York on the history of the use of tortoiseshell as a material in the decorative arts. Interestingly, the article includes some fascinating information about the material itself:
|A green tortoiseshell tea caddy similar to the one I painted, with a beautiful pink velvet lining|
from Richard Gardner Antiques.
A good example of how the "auto-grafting" tortoiseshell could be used in combination with silver:
a small round silver and tortoiseshell trinket box, the top with silver appliqué work,
by William Comyns & Sons, London, ca. 1909. Image courtesy Richard Gardner Antiques.
A rare red tortoiseshell, ivory and silver tea caddy, ca. 1790.
Image courtesy Hampton Antiques.
Image courtesy Center for Biological Diversity