Small anvil from the workshop of James Watt

Made:
1790-1819
maker:
Unknown

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Small anvil from the workshop of James Watt
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Small anvil from the workshop of James Watt
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© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Small anvil from the workshop of James Watt
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Small anvil bench stake from the workshop of James Watt.

This anvil bench stake was intended to be driven into the bench-top or into a moveable block of wood, but the scars on it show that it was probably gripped in a bench vice. It would have been used to hammer small metal parts into shape.

James Watt was an inventor, mathematical-instrument maker and engineer. He had a workshop in Glasgow at the University where he made and sold mathematical-instruments such as quadrants, compasses and scales. Watt is best known for inventing a separate steam condensor for the Newcomen steam engine, improving its efficiency and making it cheaper to run.

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Category:
James Watt's Garret Workshop
Object Number:
1924-792/408
type:
anvil
credit:
Major J.M. Gibson-Watt

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