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Charles Dickens' inkstand for auction

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An inkwell said to belong to Charles Dickens is up for auction.

The glass and brass mounted oval walnut inkstand (estimate £1000-1500) was one of many of Dickens' effects auctioned off by the Oliver Twist author's family after his death.

The inkwell is inscribed: "This Inkstand Belonging to the late Charles Dickens and bought at the Gads Hill Sale was presented to Robert Ackrill Esq. as a souvenir of the sincere regard of his friend H. M. Bateson." Dickens bought Gads Hill Place (between Gravesend and Rochester in Kent) in 1856 for £1,790 and moved in four years later.

He died there in 1870 from a stroke while on his couch in the dining room.

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