Globe electrical machine

Made:
1700-1753 in Fleet Street
maker:
Hauksbee, Francis (designer); Adams, G (maker)

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 Pt1
Materials:
brass, glass, pine, sealing wax, steel and walnut
type:
globe electrical machines
credit:
King's College, London