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Robert Burns' Diamond Cutter

Period:
18th Century
Description:
This tool is made up of a cylindrical, hollow wooden handle with a metal protrusion at one end and a wooden one at the other.  There is a diamond inserted into the tip of the metal piece and it was this that was used to cut glass.  The original catalogue record for the object states that it is an  "old glass cutting diamond used by Robert Burns".  Burns was known for scratching verse onto windows when inspiration took him.  A number of such window panes survive.
Materials/Media:
wood, metal and diamond
Source:
Rozelle House Galleries
Accession number:
AYRTOS:100346
Digital Number:
SABN001n
Copyright:
South Ayrshire Council