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Pocket watch, British, 1801-11.

Pocket watch, British, 1801-11.
3 4 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 26cm


This gold repeater pocket watch was presented to Matthew Baillie (1761-1823) by Queen Charlotte Sophia (1744-1818) in 1811. Baillie was the Scottish physician and anatomist who was appointed physician extraordinary to her husband, King George III (1738-1820). Baillie studied anatomy under his uncle William Hunter (1718-83) and succeeded to the latter's famous anatomy school in London in 1783. The watch, with its fob chain and seal, was made by S Rentzsch of London.

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