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  • Title
    Gold watch presented by the Duke of Edinburgh to William Vial for his services in securing the man who fired on the Duke at Clontarf, 12 March, 1868
  • Call number
    SAFE/R 280
  • Level of description
  • Date

    12 March 1868
  • Type of material
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  • Physical Description
    1 watch - gold

    For an account of the assassination attempt, see: Alfred, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha in Wikipedia. (accessed February 3, 2014)
  • Source
    Donated by William Vial's son
  • Access Conditions

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  • Description source

    Information transferred from Pictures Card Catalogue as part of the eRecords Project, 2009-2010
  • General note

    Donor stated that the Duke took off his own watch and presented it on the spot.

    Biographical data re W. Vial is written on a sheet of paper accompanying the watch.
  • Signatures / Inscriptions

    "To William Vial. In recognition of his services in securing at great Personal Risk the man who attempted my life at Clontarf on the 12 of March 1868. ALFRED, Sydney, N.S.W. April 4, 1868" -- inscription inside the reverse, on the mechanism casing

    Hallmarks inside the face and the reverse casings : 55071 -- CBH -- k --18 -- leopard's head -- crown
    [55071 made by CBH casemaker Cornelius Brook Holliday, 18 carat gold, 1865 hallmark date, assayed in London]
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