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Charles Dickens' inkstand for auction

Charles Dickens' inkstand for auction

Charles Dickens' inkstand for auction

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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