Carpenter’s bevel, with blued steel blade

Made:
1790-1819
maker:
Unknown

1 Carpenters bevel

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 carpenter’s bevel, with blued steel blade (now partly rusted) in brass-mounted stock of hardwood - possibly lignum vitae. There is no maker’s stamp, but it is a superior article.

Details

Category:
James Watt's Garret Workshop
Object Number:
1924-792/409
Materials:
brass (copper, zinc alloy), steel (metal) and wood (unidentified)
type:
bevel
credit:
Major J.M. Gibson-Watt