The Missing Sun-Dial
The sun-dial stood 4ft 8in high, in the garden at Gad’s Hill (Dickens's final home) in a most prominent position as it was considered one of Dickens's most valuable treasures.
After Dickens’s death [in 1870], it was bought by Mr. Crighton, of Rochester. Alice Morse Earle, in her 1902 book Sundials and Roses of Yesterday, says that the dial was later sold in London for the sum of £50. An article in the Pittsburg Press, 14 February 1899, gives more details “There is offered for sale by a curiosity dealer in London the old sun-dial and stone column formerly the property of Charles Dickens.’ In 1907 it was exhibited in the ‘Pickwick exhibition’ in London, and had been lent by the company Francis Barker sundial and barometer specialists, 12 Clerkenwell Road, London. The company was also making replicas of the original to sell.
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