Weighing and measuring machine by John Joseph Merlin, London, 1760-1803

Made:
1760-1803 in London
maker:
John Joseph Merlin
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Weighing and measuring machine by John Joseph Merlin, London, 1760-1803
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© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Weighing and measuring machine by John Joseph Merlin, London, 1760-1803
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Weighing and measuring machine by John Joseph Merlin, London, 1760-1803
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Weighing and measuring machine by John Joseph Merlin, London, 1760-1803
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Weighing and measuring machine by John Joseph Merlin, London, 1760-1803
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Weighing and measuring machine, c1800, by Merlin, English

John Joseph Merlin (1735-1803) was a Dutch inventor. He learned his trade as a mathematical instrument maker in Paris. Merlin moved to England in 1760. He founded his mathematical instrument-making business in 1773. Merlin invented this weighing machine.

He also set up “Merlin’s Mechanical Museum”. This featured instruments such as weighing machines, clocks and even a device allowing blind people to play cards. His museum was popular in London as a place of amusement and instruction. Merlin, something of an entrepreneur, is also believed to have popularised roller skates.

Details

Category:
Nursing & Hospital Furnishings
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A602026
Materials:
fittings, brass, iron and mahogany
type:
weighing machine
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • measuring device - instrument
  • weighing machine
  • furnishing and equipment
  • measuring device - instrument