Watch movement

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probably made in England

Postcard of Watch movement.
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Watch movement

This gold watch movement was made around 1830, probably in England. It was sold by Alexander Cameron, a jeweller, clock and watchmaker and nautical instrument retailer based in Dundee.

The watch movement is inscribed 'Alex Cameron No. 538/ DUNDEE' and was probably bought in Preston in Lancashire or Clerkenwell in London where watch movements were produced in large numbers.

Alexander Cameron had premises in Dundee's High Street from 1818 to 1824, and at 120 Overgate from 1828 until his retirement in 1848. His main business was as a silversmith.

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Online ID: 000-100-102-681-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  T.1931.234
Date: Around 1830
c. 1830
Material: Enamel dial. Inscription: No. 538
What: Specimen / watch / chronometer / collection / duplex movement
Subject: 20. TIME MEASUREMENT, Watches (Departmental Classification)
Who: Alex Cameron, Dundee, Scotland (Watchmaker / Retailer)
Jauncey (Collector)
Scotland, Angus, Dundee
Description: One of a collection of watches, movements, chronometers, etc. - a duplex movement with compensation balance and enamel dial, by Alex Cameron, Dundee, No. 538, c. 1830
  • Clarke, T.N., Morrison-Low, A.D. & Simpson, A.D.C. Brass & glass scientific instrument making workshops in Scotland as illustrated by instruments from the Arthur Frank Collection at the Royal Museum of Scotland. Edinburgh: NMS, 1989. pp 140-1 
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