Curved pieces of round brass rod

Watt, James

2 Curved pieces of round brass rod

This item is part of the contents of the workshop that Scottish engineer James Watt developed at his home, Heathfield, at Handsworth, Birmingham, from c.1795 through to his death in 1819. 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.

These are two pieces of brass rod or thick wire, bent into roughly semicircular curves. Some of the notes made by Edward Collins, who catalogued the workshop contents before they were transported to the Science Museum, suggest that he was working under difficult conditions that caused a little confusion, but there seems to be no evidence that this was a duplication of any earlier entry in his list.


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