The three tin cannisters were used for the storage of various types of black and green teas, popular in the 18th century. In England the middle cannister often had sugar in it. The string inlay is similar to known Baltimore types. The construction of this example is extremely fine and is exemplified not only in the selection of mahogany but in the quality of secondary woods. A very tight grain yellow pine was used for the bottom and for the core of the top. Poplar, which is seen in Maryland pieces, was used for the dividers between the cannisters. Holly and mahogany were used as veneers on the inside of the top, a rather special treatment.