Chinese Export American Eagle Tea Caddy. This spectacular tea caddy features a sepia American Eagle. The piece bears 11 stars above the eagle and there are illegible initials on the body, I would guess J.
B but difficult to tell for sure. Our nations early years, from 1790 to 1830, generally define the Federal period.During this time, a keen sense of nationalism arose and thus the American eagle was a popular decoration. The eagles have been classified into 14 types in a progression from the most similar to the official seal of the United States as it was designated in 1782, to interpretations by Chinese artists who had never seen an eagle. This particular eagle with illegible initials to center design, is known as the type 12 eagle, probably dates to the early 19th Century. This type of eagle is thought to be derived from the Massachusetts copper cent first minted with a similar eagle in 1787-88. It is a feature of this type of eagle that the width of shield in many cases dictated the size of the eagle's chest, giving the impression that the bird is rising from a broken shell. The head is often small (more like a sparrow-hawk) and with a simplification of line typical when a design was repeated a great many times over a considerable period. 5" H X 3" W. Condition: Excellent condition with no chips or cracks, tiny ding to rim, minor imperfections to be expected with age. I will be listing an extensive collection of Chinese Export Porcelain, so please continue watching. I try and represent items as accurately as possible. If there are any issues upon receipt of the item, please don't hesitate to contact me. The item "Chinese Export Sepia American Eagle Tea Caddy 19th Century" is in sale since Tuesday, October 5, 2021. This item is in the category "Pottery & Glass\Pottery & China\Art Pottery\Staffordshire". The seller is "katja2" and is located in Cincinnati, Ohio. This item can be shipped worldwide.