Small copper ladle, short handle

Made:
1790-1819
maker:
James Watt

1 Small copper ladle, short handle

This item is part of the contents of the workshop that Scottish engineer James Watt developed at his home, Heathfield, at Handsworth, Birmingham. Although Watt is best known for his work on the steam engine, his workshop contains a wide variety of objects from many different projects, from chemistry to sculpture-copying.

The description of the item was written by Edward Collins, the land agent responsible for Heathfield when the workshop was given to the Science Museum in 1924. Collins could not always identify what he was looking at, but always described what he saw clearly. This has allowed his descriptions to form the basis of subsequent research. This ladle has been crudely formed by beating a piece of copper sheet into a hole in a block. It may be associated with the crucibles containing chemical substances which Watt used for experiments upon the stove in his workshop.

Details

Category:
James Watt's Garret Workshop
Object Number:
1924-792/119
type:
ladle
credit:
Major J.M. Gibson-Watt