IPT wrote:What a fantastic looking piece!!!
Does it seal well?
I think Petr answered the question. In general, with pottery tea caddies, you are not going to get a good seal unless the inner lid is lined with a thicker material. Wax would be okay for long term storage but not every day use. One could build a foil liner for the lid that would be helpful in keeping it more airtight but it will never be as good as a well made Chinese pewter or even modern plastic lined caddies that keep air out more or less completely. Aesthetics are important for me so the trade off is acceptable.