1¼” steel firmer chisel in octagonal wood handle

Made:
1758-1769 in United Kingdom
maker:
Bishop
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Chissal (chisel, signed Bishop with octoagonal wooden handle, and smallest blade). Front view of whole object in
Science Museum Group Collection
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Chissal (chisel, signed Bishop with octoagonal wooden handle, and smallest blade). Front 3/4 view of whole object
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Chissal (chisel, signed Bishop with octoagonal wooden handle, and smallest blade). Detail view of object showing
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Chissal (chisel, signed Bishop with octoagonal wooden handle, and smallest blade). Front view ov whole object against
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

1¼” steel firmer chisel in octagonal wood handle, by Bishop, United Kingdom, 1758-1769. Used in James Watt's workshop, Glasgow, Scotland, 1758-1769

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.

Details

Category:
James Watt's Garret Workshop
Object Number:
1924-792/368
Materials:
steel (metal) and wood (unidentified)
type:
chisel
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
credit:
Major J.M. Gibson-Watt