Electrical chimes by George Adams

Made:
1781-1790
maker:
George Adams
and
George Adams
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Electric chimes, 1780s. Electric chimes were a common feature of 18th century lecture courses. These were probably made
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Electrical chimes, 1780s. Electric chimes. This was made by George Adams, instrument maker to the king, to demonstrate
King's College, London| Enquiries to Science Museum, London
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Electric chimes, 1780s. Electric chimes were a common feature of 18th century lecture courses. These were probably made
King's College, London| Enquiries to Science Museum, London
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Electric chimes, 1780s. Electric chimes were a common feature of 18th century lecture courses. These were probably made
King's College, London| Enquiries to Science Museum, London
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

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Electrical chimes made by George Adams, Fleet Street, London, 1781-1790.

Electrical chimes were a common feature of eighteenth century lecture courses. These were probably made by the younger George Adams, instrument maker to King George III, for the then Prince of Wales, the future King George IV. They use the same principle as the electric orrery: charge is made to stream from metal points creating an electric wind. In this case the wind turns the fly so that a brass clapper strikes the bells in turn, sounding the notes of an octave.

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Category:
King George III
Object Number:
1927-1142
Materials:
boxwood, brass, bronze, cotton (fibre), glass, mahogany, manilla, paper (fibre product) and steel (metal)
type:
electrical chimes
credit:
King's College, London

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