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Mahogany hall clock and shelf owned by Charles Dickens, 1860

Collection

object

Object number (per part)

DH385.1
DH385.2
DH385.3

Object name (per part)

clock
shelf
clock

Production organisation

Bennett

Production date

1860

Label

This clock stood in the hallway of Charles Dickens's final home at Gad's Hill Place, Higham, Kent. It was made by the London clockmaker, John Bennet, who Dickens wrote to in 1863 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

Physical description

wood, brass and steel
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