Cigar case with gilt frame and monogram used by Charles Dickens

 

This is an Asser and Sherwin cigar box used by Charles Dickens. It is made of hard leather on a metal, gilt frame with a gold 'CD' monogram on the front. An inscription on a decoratively shaped metal plate on the reverse reads: 'A Souvenir of Happy Memories/ Rustling above the dusty growth of years/ COME back GREEN LEAVES of yesterday/ A thought from Nicholas Nickleby/ Ch. 49'. Dickens was given the case before he left for America in 1842. After his death, Georgina Hogarth gifted the case to his doctor, Frank Beard.

Physical description

The cigar case is oval in shape and made from hard leather on a metal, gilt frame. It features a gold monogram of the initials 'CD' on the front. On the reverse side is a decoratively shaped metal plate with an inscription which reads: 'A Souvenir of Happy Memories/ Rustling above the dusty growth of years/ COME back REEN LEAVES of yesterday/ A thought from Nicholas Nickleby/ Ch. 49'.
 

Object history note

This cigar case was the personal property of Charles Dickens. He acquired it sometime before he left for America in 1842 and he kept it in his study in his final home at Gad's Hill Place, Higham, Kent until his death.

After Dickens's death Georgina Hogarth gave the case to his good friend and personal doctor, Frank Beard, along with a note) which reads '... I have the charge under Charles's Will of distributing among his dear friends the familiar objects in his study. First of all we think of you - & shall never forget you in association with him - in memory of what you did for him at Preston - & still more in the remembrance of what we all went through together in those last hours - I send you a Cigar Case which was given to him before he went to America - It is a double one - & has an inscription which will make it valuable to you...'.

Inscription content

A Souvenir of Happy Memories/ Rustling above the dusty growth of years/ COME back REEN LEAVES of yesterday/ A thought from Nicholas Nickleby/ Ch. 49

Inscription description

The inscription is engraved on a metal plate which is attached to the reverse side of the case.
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