Sairey Gamp candle snuffer produced by Beswick of Longton, England, circa 1983 for the Dickens House Museum. Sairey Gamp, the disreputable and garrulous nurse in the 1843 novel, "Martin Chuzzlewit", is one of Charles Dickens' greatest comic creations. "A fat old widow with a husky voice and a moist eye, it was difficult to enjoy her society without becoming conscious of a smell of spirits." Mrs. Gamp has the responsible job of midwife, watcher of the dying and 'performer of nameless offices about the persons of the dead." Necessary to her calling she has "a face for all occasions," and "She went to a lying-in or a laying-out with equal zest and relish." She is famous for her excessive drinking habits and also for her large untidy umbrella, which has given rise to the word "gamp" to describe such an article. Her closest friend is the imaginary Mrs. Harris, a convenient invention, whose opinion always confirms her own.