Demainbray's rat's tail crane model

Made:
1735-1753

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Model of a rat's tail crane, before 1753. This type of crane was common in the 18th century. It was operated by men,
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Model of a rat's tail crane, before 1753. This type of crane was common in the 18th century. It was operated by men,
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Model of a rat's tail crane, maker unknown, 1735-1753. Once belonged to Stephen Demainbray.

This type of crane was common in the eighteenth century. It was operated by men, horses or donkeys walking inside the wheel, or sometimes by means of a rope outside the wheel. It was used to move cargo or masonry. This model once belonged to Stephen Demainbray and was used by him in his lectures on natural philosophy.Demainbray worked as superintendent at the King's observatory at Kew from 1768 and his collection of instruments and apparatus was absorbed into the King's own collection.

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Details

Category:
King George III
Object Number:
1927-1929
Materials:
beech, brass (copper, zinc alloy), hemp, incomplete, lead (metal), paper (fibre product) and steel (metal)
type:
model - representation
taxonomy:
  • associated concepts
  • visual and verbal communication
credit:
King's College, London

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