Rated 3.5 out of 5 by 2
Rated 2 out of 5 by JenJen This beautiful box, advertised as a tea caddy is a huge disappointment for its intended use.
First let me say this box is beautiful and a nice size as stated in the description. The finish is so glossy it reminds me of the lacquer on Chinese pieces . For me this is a down side because I am an antique lover and collector, therefore the high gloss does not appeal to me, this is of course a matter of taste, others may love the super glossy finish.
The style is beautiful and the lines are as lovely as they look in the photos.
There are two reasons this will not work for a tea caddy for me. First there is a strong odor, I presume it is from the product used that gives the piece its lacquered look.
I have had 2 cups of loose tea in this box for over 8 months now hoping it would absorb the odor, it has not helped at all. The tea pick up the taste of the odor in the box and destroys the true flavor of the tea. .
The second reason this otherwise lovely piece does not work for me is it seems to be a factory mass produced piece, the craftsmanship of fine wood crafting is totally absent which is very disappointing, this makes this box a poor value for the money in my opinion.
If you want a lovely piece without attention to craftsmanship, period style and patina and you intend to use it for something other than food I believe you will find this a wonderful addition to your décor.
Just know it has not yet in 8 months performed as a tea caddy and I am losing hope that it ever will.
January 4, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by neyatep Gorgeous Box - not just for tea!
Bought this years ago at one of the outlet stores. Its so ornate and adds a great touch of classic elegance to your decor. We use it to store all the odds and ends that we often use so its kind of a catch-all. But what a beautiful catch-all it is! No need to limit yourself to just tea with this beauty.
March 28, 2012