This is a rare image of Charles Dickens and is dated 1867. It depicts the illustrious author in flamboyant pose and wearing the Dickens chain. The card reads, 'Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1867, by J. Gurney & Son, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court for the Southern District of New York'. Charles Dickens was extremely popular in the United States of America and the chain known as an Albert chain in other countries appears to have been known as the Dickens chain in the USA. Items called Dickens chains all appear to be of the double Albert variety. This is an excellent portrayal of the importance of the vest chain as a fashion accessory for men at this period of time. Photographer, J. Gurney & Son, N.Y. Condition: This is quite good although the actual albumen image has not been placed exactly square onto the card. The image and card has some spotting as can be seen in the photo. Width 2.5 ins x height 4 ins. This item can be seen in the book, "How the Watch was Worn - A Fashion for 500 Years", on page 159.
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