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There are a few very good references we recommend to visitors. The most exhaustive and authoritative book is
Clarke, Antigone, and Joseph O'Kelly. Antique Boxes, Tea Caddies & Society: 1700-1880. Schiffer Publishing, Limited, 2018.
An excellent new book was published this summer: Stevens, Anne et al. The Story of British Tea Chests and Caddies: Social History and Decorative Techniques. ACC Art Books: Woodbridge, Suffolk, England, 2022.
Also see: Harris, David. Portable Writing Desks, Shire, 2001.
Another engaging book about writing instruments is: George Mell, Writing Instruments, Shire Publications, 1980.
An especially engaging and eminently readable book on the social, political, and economic role of tea in England is: Markman Ellis, Richard Coulton, & Matthew Mauger. The Empire of Tea: The Asian Leaf that Conquered the World. Speaking Tiger. 2015.