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Arts Playlist: "As Precious as Gold" - A history of Tea Caddies

Historic Odessa Foundation

A tea caddy collection built over two generations and spanning the period from 1700 to the present day, is now on display at the Historic Houses of Odessa.


Marnie Bramble of Chestertown, Maryland started the collection, which includes over 400 pieces, more than a half century ago and got her youngest son Mark hooked on her hobby.

The caddies made from silver, porcelain, pewter, creamware, pearlware, paper mache, tortoise shell, ivory and fine woods.

In our Arts Playlist , we learn more about the collection as Delaware Public Media’s Kelli Steele chats with Mark Bramble and the Historic Odessa Foundation’s assistant curator Brian Miller.

Delaware Public Media' s arts coverage is made possible, in part, by support from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

Kelli Steele has over 30 years of experience covering news in Delaware, Baltimore, Winchester, Virginia, Phoenix, Arizona and San Diego, California.