Anglo-Indian ivory and Chinese export lacquer caddies were brought from the end of the 18th century.However serious importation did not start until the beginning of the 19th century (SEE ANGLO-INDIAN and The Chinese caddies had removable soft metal containers, which were engraved with floral or oriental designs.

They are made of the old Clay type of material and they are small single containers.

They are discreetly decorated in the neo classical style with paint and gilding. The first straw work caddies known in England were tin 'Jars' covered in straw work and brought most probably from Holland, in the 17th century.

It could be simply tapered with a stepped top, or it could be bombe, concave, convex or even made in a mixture of different linear combinations.

It could have a domed lid, three-dimensional paneling, gadrooning or any combination of architectural elements which were in vogue.

These provided the ladies of the time with a genteel pastime; they decorated them with rolled up pieces of paper in different patterns.

After being rolled up, the papers were cut in short lengths and stuck on the wooden frame.

Unlike most of the other caddies of the period they were large in slightly rectangular shapes. This period is often referred to as the Regency period.

Although this is not historically strictly correct, the Regency dates are 1811-20, there is some justification in the description.

We find simply decorated caddies in well figured veneers such as partridge wood, satinwood, burr yew, hare wood flame or fiddle back mahogany and others. Extremely rare is the use of carving in strong classical designs.