Charles Dickens had an ivory letter opener whose handle was made from the stuffed paw of his beloved but deceased cat Bob. The object is now in the possession of the New York Public Library, where, as part of a celebration of the Library’s 100th anniversary, it’s on display until the end of the year.
The engraving on the handle reads, “C. D. In Memory of Bob. 1862” (the year of Bob’s death).
I learned of this because it was part of Sunday’s New York Times crossword puzzle, successfully solved by Miranda “Holy Rabbit” Hale. (The clue was “The handle of Charles Dickens’s ivory letter opener, in the Library’s collection, is ___________”, and the answer was “The paw of his deceased cat.”)