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Object Name Caddy, Tea
Catalog Number 0985.07.00169b
Description This is a tea caddy body (.169b) with lid (.169c). Hard paste porcelain tea service of Lowestoft Oriental export, with a moss rose pattern with gilt glazed borders. The tea caddy (b) is a ginger jar caddy with double twisted vine handles and a round foot. Its lid (c) has an acorn pull. The tea service matches the cake plate and fruit plates in (0985.7.168-.168f).
Dimensions H-4 W-6.5 Dia-5 inches
Owned Mary O'Melia
Event evacuation of Richmond, April 2-3, 1865
Provenance The tea service with plates (0985.168-.168f) were used constantly by President and Mrs. Jefferson Davis while they lived in the Executive Mansion in Richmond, Virginia. They were removed from the Mansion in 1865 by Mrs. Mary O'Melia, the Davis' housekeeper. Mrs. O'Melia kept the tea service and plates until her death in 1906. She left the china to her granddaughter, Kate G. Doyle.
People Davis, Jefferson
Davis family
O'Melia, Mary Larkin
Search Terms Confederate Executive Mansion
Confederate White House
Executive Mansion
White House of the Confederacy
Richmond, Virginia
Evacuation of Richmond, April 2-3, 1865