Pair of Tongs

Made:
1790-1819
maker:
Unknown
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1 Pair of tongs. Front 3/4 view of whole object against wooden background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

1 Pair of tongs. Front 3/4 detail view of object against graduated grey background
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

1 Pair of tongs. Front 3/4 view of whole object against graduated grey background
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

1 Pair of tongs. Front 3/4 view of whole object against graduated grey background
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Pair of tongs from James Watt's workshop, 1790-1819.

This pair of tongs with a “scissors” joint may have been a crude domestic tongs for use in the workshop of Scottish engineer James Watt, for handling coal for the stove or for managing a taper, but it is more probably to have been a workshop tool for manipulating small crucibles and other articles in the fire - Watt used the stove in his workshop for chemical experiments, and a number of crucibles, some filled with the contents from their last experiment, also survive in the workshop.

Details

Category:
James Watt's Garret Workshop
Object Number:
1924-792/5
type:
tongs
credit:
Major J.M. Gibson-Watt