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Charlie Chaplin
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Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin
A bowler hat and cane - the bowler hat of British manufacture stamped inside on lining and leather hatband Bennetts, London, 84-86 Regent Street, London W; the bamboo cane -- 33in. long; accompanied by a copy of a letter from G.E.Henley owner of the Henley Private Museum in Auckland, New Zealand, giving details of the provenance: ...Late in 1938 or early 1939 I wrote to Charlie Chaplin requesting one of his canes and a bowler hat to add to my collection. The bowler hat arrived in a box, the cane was not wrapped but had a label attached addressed to me. Both arrived in 1939... (3)
The Henley Private Museum, Auckland, New Zealand
1939 - 1971
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Past auctions of Chaplin's hats and canes through these rooms have revealed that bowler hats and canes were sent out from Chaplin's studio on several occasions. One set sold in 1986 was sent to Ellis Ashton, Chairman of the British Music Hall Society and Founder of the weekly newspaper Pictures and Picturegoer in circa 1920 in gratitude for the publicity Ashton gave Chaplin's films. This set was accompanied by the original Customs Declaration forms giving the value of each piece as 5$ and the inscription Charlie Chaplin Film Co. 1416 La Brea. [Ex lot 123, Printed Ephemera and Film Memorabilia, July 17th, 1986].

Another cane sold in 1999, marked 1932 and accompanied by a promotional Chaplin postcard was, according to the vendor, won in a competition run for cinema owners/managers across Australia. [Ex lot 142, Film And Entertainment, December 9th, 1999]. Several other canes were given directly to visitors to the studio by Chaplin himself or his associates. One example sold last year, was given to Maurice Bessy, editor of Cinemonde when visiting Chaplin's studio in 1938. [Ex-lot 66 Film And Entertainment, December 14th, 2004]


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