News-Antique.com - May 28,2013 - A wooden walking cane owned and used by Charles Dickens, measuring approximately 1" in diameter x 33" in length is to be auctioned by PFC Auctions, Guernsey, Channel Islands, on Thursday 30 May.
The walking stick is accompanied by a framed letter of provenance dated November 3, 1899, from Edward Saxton Payson, the American esperantist, writer and translator.
The letter reads: My dear Madame: I send you by ex-to-day the cane once belonging to the late Mr. Charles Dickens and carried by him in London when procuring the matter for his story 'Oliver Twist'. As I was connected with the Dickens readings in America the cane was presented to me through Mr. George Dolby his business manager and with whom I was associated in the Tour of the Dolby Concert Co. Of which the great baritone Charles Santley was a member. I take great pleasure in sending you the cane and hope it will prove of interest."
George Dolby was the manager of Dickens' reading tours in England and America between 1866 and 1870.
The item is also accompanied by a letter of provenance from the seller explaining how the item was inherited in 1964.
Another of Dickens' walking sticks is held in the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
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