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David Read, Glasgow
A PINK GOLD PAIR CASED CYLINDER WATCH WITH STOP SLIDE PRESENTED TO THE ANATOMIST AND SURGEON ALLAN BURNS 1806, NO. 1807
Estimate
3,0005,000
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David Read, Glasgow
A PINK GOLD PAIR CASED CYLINDER WATCH WITH STOP SLIDE PRESENTED TO THE ANATOMIST AND SURGEON ALLAN BURNS 1806, NO. 1807
Estimate
3,0005,000
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Details & Cataloguing

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David Read, Glasgow
A PINK GOLD PAIR CASED CYLINDER WATCH WITH STOP SLIDE PRESENTED TO THE ANATOMIST AND SURGEON ALLAN BURNS 1806, NO. 1807
Movement: gilded full plate, cylinder escapement, decoratively pierced balance cock engraved with scrolling foliage, a bust in profile at the neck, fusee and chain, cylindrical pillars, gilt-metal dust cap, signed and numbered David Read, Glasgow, 1807
Dial: white enamel, Arabic numerals, outer minute ring, subsidiary seconds with radial Arabic numerals at the quarters interspersed by stars, elaborate gold moon hands
Cases: plain pink gold inner, stop slide beneath the bezel between 8 and 9 o'clock, regency pendant • pink gold outer case with presentation inscription indistinctly signed 'Diarie[?] scupsit', both cases hallmarked Chester 1806 and with maker's mark JW incuse for Joseph Wickes
diameter of outer case 56mm, inner case 50.5mm
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Literature

Terence Camerer Cuss, The English Watch 1585-1970, 2009, pp. 344-345, pl. 219

Catalogue Note

The case back is beautifully engraved with a signed dedication inscription to the anatomist and surgeon Allan Burns (18th September 1781- 22nd June 1813). The watch was presented to Burns on 29th April 1807 by his first class at Glasgow where he was a lecturer on anatomy. He was clearly an inspirational figure and was only 25 years old at the time of the watch’s presentation. Burns died young just a few years later, but not before the publication of his works: "Observations on Diseases of the Heart" and "Observations on the Surgical Anatomy of the Head and Neck" which were published in 1809 and 1812 respectively – the latter work provides a brief but interesting biography.

Although the movement is signed by David Read of Glasgow, (recorded Hutcheson St., Glasgow, 1805-1818) its style and finishing suggests Read ordered it from the Lancashire trade. Indeed, the cases are hallmarked for Chester where many Liverpudlian case makers marked their wares.

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