Piece of zinc tubing with elbow


1 Piece of zinc [tin plate] tubing with elbow of small tubing soldered on side

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 is a tinplate article, shaped as a canister with the “small tubing”, flattened at the end that was to be soldered to the body, bent to stand out at right-angles. A second piece of tube is soldered to the first at a mitred joint, making a further right-angle. There is a slot in the body. Purpose unknown.


James Watt's Garret Workshop
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Major J.M. Gibson-Watt