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Why is it called a Tea Chest Carton?

If you have ever heard the saying ‘Tea Chest Carton’ and wondered why it’s called that, I am going to tell you. A Tea Chest dates back centuries, it was a wooden box with riveted metal banding around the edges to hold it together and was about the same dimensions as today’s cardboard Tea Chest Cartons (60cm x 40cm x 40cm).

They were originally used to ship Tea to the United Kingdom. A place you might have seen one of the original Tea Chests is the old musical instrument called the Tea Chest Bass. This was a wooden box with a piece of thin rope coming out of the middle of the top of the box attached to a broom stick that could be levered to adjust the tension and therefore the tone of the rope when plucked.

The design and dimensions of the old Tea Chests must have cottoned on because they are the most widely used shipping carton design in Australia and a lot of countries around the world. The average 3 bedroom house would need approximately 40-50 tea chests to pack it up entirely, professionally and safely.

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Posted by Corey Smith

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