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Samuel Taylor English Tea Caddy
Made in London in 1748, this tea caddy, with its beautiful chasing and delicate heraldic engraving, is one of a pair that came to me for restoration. There were approximately 12 holes in each top (unbelievably, they had been made into salt & pepper shakers!). I welded the holes with pulse arc arc welder using sterling wire for a perfect color match, and then rechased the areas repaired. I burnished out numerous body dents from the pair and removed corrosion from the "salt shaker." Finally, I repatinated and hand finished the tops and bodies of both caddies.