Globe electrical machine attributed to George Adams

Made:
before 1753 in London
maker:
George Adams
and
Francis Hauksbee
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Globe electrical machine made by Hauksbee
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Globe electrical machine made by Hauksbee
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Globe electrical machine made by Hauksbee
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Globe electrical machine made by Hauksbee
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Globe electrical machine made by Hauksbee
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Globe electrical machine with later wooden stand made at Kings
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Globe electrical machine attributed to George Adams, Fleet Street, London, c.1760. Later wooden stand made by King's College London between 1840-1927.

This globe electrical machine consists of a glass globe which can be rotated on a vertical axis by means of gearing inside the brass casing. It is very similar to a device used by Stephen Demainbray in his lectures on natural philosophy, but is not an exact match. It would have been used in demonstrations concerning static electricity, which were becoming increasingly popular during the eighteenth century.

Details

Category:
King George III
Object Number:
1927-1186
Materials:
brass, steel, glass, sealing wax, walnut and pine
type:
globe electrical machines
credit:
King's College, London

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