This is a small and striking tea caddy. Due to its warm colors of varying hues, copper became quite fashionable. It also made a dramatic background for silver appliques.
Shaped like a small ginger jar, the the removable lid has an applied silver crab on top. One of the large appliques is a beautiful, exotic peony in bloom.
The main scene is of a large egret standing amongst grasses and pebbled ground. The head features an open mouth with an exposed tongue and a tiny bug on the end. Great designs are those like this which add whimsy and humor.
Another scene has an egret in flight looking downward at a very worried looking frog.
This lovely tea caddy is marked underneath with the anchor mark used on copper wares and 'GORHAM CO/ 160/ N'. It measures 3.75 inches wide by 3.75 inches high and is in very good antique condition with some wear to the original patina.