Japanese Sterling Silver Tea Caddy

Japanese Handcrafted Sterling Silver Presentation Tea Caddy | Natsume | Signed and Impressed Seal

Age:Early 20th Century

Descriptive qualities& condition:

Dimensions: 3-3/4” dia x 2-0”h

This short Natsume is highly detailed and chased silver, (950). It is beautifully hand crafted and formed to create the evenly ridged pattern and highly glossy finish. The silver is decorated with small abstract imprints around concentric circles giving an elegant finish. It is short with a flat rounded lid that fits perfectly making the caddy air tight with matching bottom. This piece is used in a high-ranking tea service as a presentation element and not for tea storage.

Vintage Condition: Excellent as originally made with tight fitting lid. “As is”, and retains the original craft/workmanship. Any discoloration, chipping/cracking, surface wear or structural damage is noted. 

NOTE: According to the records, tea was first introduced to Japan from China, in the early ninth century by Japanese Buddhist monks. When the Japanese court in the mid-ninth century sent the last of the missions to China that were the means for its extensive cultural borrowing from the continent, tea drinking seems essentially to have died out in Japan. After a lapse of some three hundred years, however, tea was reintroduced from China in the late twelfth century by a priest of the Zen sect of Buddhism, and over the next few centuries, tea drinking spread among all classes of Japanese society. Japanese tea ceremony (chanoyu), which was created in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries in the midst of Japan’s samurai-dominated medieval age (1185-1568). It is green powdered tea, which is scooped into a rather large bowl and whipped into a frothy, bitter-tasting drink with hot water poured from a kettle.