Soldering iron from James Watt's workshop
1 Soldering bolt, broken, piece of copper attached by wire.
This object is part of the contents of the workshop which belonged to Scottish engineer James Watt, best known for his work on the steam engine. It is a ruined soldering iron. The iron shank lacks its wooden handle. The copper bit has been broken, and is loosely attached to the shank with wire. It is unusable in this state. The workshop contents consist of a mixture of ongoing projects, and also items from Watt's working career stretching back to his early work as an instrument-maker in Glasgow.