The Historic Odessa Foundation is pleased to present the exhibit As Precious as Gold: A History of Tea Caddies from The Bramble Collection. The exhibit features more than 150 18th and 19th century tea caddies from the vast Bramble collection and is on display now through August 26, 2018.
The tea caddy collection was built over two generations and includes more than 400 examples, spanning the period from 1700 to the present. Marnie Bramble of Chestertown, Maryland, started the collection more than half a century ago, and enjoined her youngest son, author, theatre director, and producer Mark Bramble, in her hobby.
The exhibit is displayed in two of the Historic Houses of Odessa – the National Historic Register Wilson-Warner House (c. 1769), and the National Historic Landmark Corbit-Sharp House (c. 1774). The displays feature tea caddies arranged in fascinating groups that focus on materials and origin. The caddies and accoutrements are incorporated into the houses’ historic period rooms, and include select items from the Historic Odessa Foundation’s permanent collection.