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As Precious as Gold: A History of Tea Caddies from the Bramble Collection
November 7 – December 30, 2017

Tea drinking was a popular social ritual in 18th and early 19th century Britain and America, and manufacturers rushed to produce a variety of fashionable tea accoutrements. Of all the different items used in the tea service, the caddy – a closed container for securing and storing the exotic and expensive tea leaves – was the object upon which craftsmen lavished their greatest skills and materials, including silver, porcelain, papier mâché, tortoise shell, ivory, and fine woods. This exhibition features 150 tea caddies from the private collection of Broadway author Mark Bramble that demonstrate the dazzling array of designs that were created, in addition to superb examples of teaware drawn from private lenders and Homewood’s permanent collection. Maryland’s rich historical connections to tea are also explored, including the 1774 tea parties in Annapolis and Chestertown that presaged the American Revolution.

Visitor Information

On view 11am–4pm Tuesday–Friday, noon–4pm Saturday–Sunday (last tour departs at 3:30pm) / Included with guided museum tour admission.

  • Book Talk and Sigining with Mark Bramble: A Tea Caddy Collection: November 16, 2017, 6–8pm / FREE to all / Reservations requested: online, 410.516.5589 or email
  • Homewood by Candlelight: December 4, 2017, 5:30–7:30pm / $8 public; free for JHU Museums members and JHU students / Reservations requested: online, 410.516.5589 or email

Mark Bramble, "A Tea Caddy Collection," Maine Antique Digest, November 24, 3017.


This exhibition is organized for Homewood Museum by Mark Bramble and Stiles Tuttle Colwill.


The exhibition is made possible by the Stiles Ewing Tuttle Charitable Trust.