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Mahogany hall clock and shelf owned by Charles Dickens

Collection

object

Object number (per part)

DH385.1
DH385.2

Object name (per part)

clock
shelf

Production organisation

Bennett

Production date

1860

Label

Large 8-day chiming clock in a mahogany case, on a customised shelf. The clock was made by the London clock maker John Bennett. It was owned by Charles Dickens and stood in the hallway of Gad's Hill Place in the 1860s.

Other number

2393 (2009 DH object access database number)

Physical description

wood, brass and steel

Object history note

This clock stood in the hallway of Dickens's final home at Gad's Hill Place, Higham, Kent. It was made by the London clockmaker, John Bennet. In 1863, Dickens wrote to the clockmaker, Sir John Bennett of Cheapside, London regarding the problems with the clock following a cleaning:
My Dear Sir -
Since my hall clock was sent to your establishment to be cleaned it has gone (as indeed it always had) perfectly well, but has struck the hours with great reluctance, and after enduring internal agonies of a most distressing nature, it has now ceased striking altogether. Though a happy release for the clock, this is not convenient to the household. If you can send down any confident person with whom the clock can confer, I think it may have something on its works that it would be glad to make a clean breast of.
Faithfully Yours,
Charles Dickens
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