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Magnifying glass used by Charles Dickens



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magnifying glass

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This is a large magnifying glass for reading, mounted on brass with mother of pearl handle, that was owned by Charles Dickens and used at his final home at Gad's Hill Place, Higham, Kent.

Other number

2424 (2009 DH object access database number)

Acqusition history

Previously the property of the Dickensian rare book seller, Dr Walter T. Spencer.
Donated to the Museum in 1975 by Miss M.J. Gray.

Physical description

This item is made from glass with a brass attachment and a mother of pearl handle. The CD monogram is present on the end of the handle.

Object history note

This magnifying glass was the personal property of Charles Dickens and was used at his final home at Gad's Hill, Higham, Kent. It has been authenticated by Georgina Hogarth in a handwritten note, which certifies that it 'was always used by my Brother-in-Law from 1834 - until the time of his death'.

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Inscription description

The initials 'CD' are have been inscribed on the end of the handle.
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