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.
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...'.