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1911 Encyclopedia Britannica
TEA-POY (Hindustani tepai ), a small table, supported upon a tripod, or even upon four legs, for holding a tea-service or an urn. The word was also sometimes applied to a large porcelain or earthenware tea-caddy, and more frequently to the small bottles, often of Battersea enamel, which fitted into receptacles in the caddy and actually contained the tea.
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Chisholm, Hugh, General Editor. Entry for 'Tea-Poy'. 1911 Encyclopedia Britanica. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/bri/t/tea-poy.html. 1910.