Unsigned. An interesting 18ct gold open face chronograph pocket watch presented to John Burnett, leader of the Nine Hour League Case and Movement No.54800, Chester Hallmark for 1871
Lot 14
Unsigned. An interesting 18ct gold open face chronograph pocket watch presented to John Burnett, leader of the Nine Hour League Case and Movement No.54800, Chester Hallmark for 1871
Sold for £812 (US$ 1,365) inc. premium
Auction Details
Unsigned. An interesting 18ct gold open face chronograph pocket watch presented to John Burnett, leader of the Nine Hour League Case and Movement No.54800, Chester Hallmark for 1871 Unsigned. An interesting 18ct gold open face chronograph pocket watch presented to John Burnett, leader of the Nine Hour League Case and Movement No.54800, Chester Hallmark for 1871 Unsigned. An interesting 18ct gold open face chronograph pocket watch presented to John Burnett, leader of the Nine Hour League Case and Movement No.54800, Chester Hallmark for 1871 Unsigned. An interesting 18ct gold open face chronograph pocket watch presented to John Burnett, leader of the Nine Hour League Case and Movement No.54800, Chester Hallmark for 1871 Unsigned. An interesting 18ct gold open face chronograph pocket watch presented to John Burnett, leader of the Nine Hour League Case and Movement No.54800, Chester Hallmark for 1871
Lot Details
Unsigned. An interesting 18ct gold open face chronograph pocket watch presented to John Burnett, leader of the Nine Hour League
Case and Movement No.54800, Chester Hallmark for 1871
Jewelled 3/4 plate lever movement, 3-arm balance and over-coil spring, cream enamel dial with black Roman numerals, outer seconds with Arabic numerals at five minute increments, spade hands and blued steel chronograph hand activated by start-stop in the band, engine turned case with plain cartouche, cuvette with dedication, 'presented to Mr John Burnett, for services to rendered as president of the nine hours league of Newcastle upon Tyne, Easter 1872,' together with suitcase, 3 copies of 'Tribute' by Robert Woodger Bowes, 2 copies of 'A History of the Engineers Strike in Newcastle and Gateshead' by John Burnett, 'The British Trades Union congress History and Recollections volume II' by W.J.Davis, a St. Andrews swimming club medal won by Andrew Burnett October 20th 1882 and another for 1883, various obituaries from different papers and 3 Freemason certificates belonging to Andrew Burnett, unsigned
53mm.

Footnotes

  • In the late 1860's, there was a general feeling of unrest and dissatisfaction amongst tradesman, craftsmen and engineers. From around 1864, John Burnett, himself a shipyard engineer from Newcastle by trade, strove first of all to establish the 'Saturday half day holiday' movement and afterwards the 9 hour working day for engineers. Both were unsuccessful at the time due to the weak position of labour unions but in 1871 he helped lead with great ability a strike which ended in the men obtaining the reduction. When he died suddenly in 1914, his obituaries, including those in this lot, were full of praise of his character and his services both to labour and government.
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