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Robert Burns' Diamond Cutter

Image Rights Holder:
South Ayrshire Council
Project:
:Future Museum
Material:
wood, metal and diamond
What:
Robert Burns
Who:
When:
18th Century
Where:
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.