of the metal-workers' skill; but, at the best, it is not, in my opinion, so truly decorative nor "home-like" as its wooden ancestor of Heppelwhite's days. But that is a matter of taste, so I need say no more upon the subject. I may, however, remind the reader that it is not uncommon nowadays to find the pillars of old " four-posters " cut-down to serve the purpose at present in view, and admirably they serve it.
Typical tea caddies, inlaid and painted, are represented in Figs. 14 and 15, and two urn stands in Figs. 12 and 13. Each of the two last has in the top a small slide running in a groove to receive it, and made to draw out in order to furnish a convenient and secure resting-place for the teapot, and, if occasion requires, one or two cups.
Many smaller articles of furniture which were treasured in most English homes in days gone by have disappeared one by one in the course of years, either because the conditions of our daily life have changed and rendered their presence unnecessary, or because they have been supplanted by more modern, and presumably superior, innovations. The disappearance of some is much to be regretted, and none more than that of the old wooden tea caddy of our grandmothers' days. What a pity we no longer have that with us: but the call for it has gone. The all-essential ingredient of " the cup that cheers," far from being regarded as a luxury, as it was not so very many years ago, is nowadays looked upon by poor and rich alike almost in the light of an actual necessary of life. Those who cannot afford a good "leaf" will expend a considerable percentage of their modest incomes on " sweepings " rather than be deprived altogether of their cup of tea. The younger generation, which has always been accustomed to this state of things, knows little of the jealous care with which every leaf and grain of the precious "Pekoe" or "Soochong" was guarded a century ago by the careful housewife, who would have shuddered
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