East India Company Key

Contributed by The BBC Bus

East India Company Key

Michael Natarajan - 12/07/2010

This is a key from a storehouse of the East India Company. The warehouse or storehouse was used for the storage of tea crates in a small hill station in the south of India in a place called Kotagiri where the Warwick Tea Estate was based.

The key dates from the days of the first shipments of tea from India to Britain. At that time the tea storage was controlled by the Raj together with the East India Company.

In the 1900s the estates were handed over to the Indian administrators. One of the grandsons of the managers, is still the manager of the estates. He gave this key to my wife and I as a present when we were there on a recent holiday.

Comments are closed for this object

Most of the content on A History of the World is created by the contributors, who are the museums and members of the public. The views expressed are theirs and unless specifically stated are not those of the BBC or the British Museum. The BBC is not responsible for the content of any external sites referenced. In the event that you consider anything on this page to be in breach of the site’s House Rules please Flag This Object.

About this object

Click a button to explore other objects in the timeline


View more objects from people in Birmingham.

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.