Crucible, traces of fused substance within

Made:
1790-1819
maker:
Unknown
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Group shot of, from left clockwise, 1924-792/435/3 A crucible, 3 1/8" high. Badly cracked and a small chip missing. A
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Group shot of, from left clockwise, 1924-792/435/3 a crucible, 3 1/8" high. Badly cracked and a small chip missing. A
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Group shot of, from left clockwise, 1924-792/435/3 A crucible, 3 1/8" high. Badly cracked and a small chip missing. A
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Group shot of, from left clockwise, 1924-792/435/3 A crucible, 3 1/8" high. Badly cracked and a small chip missing. A
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

A crucible, 3 1/8" high. Very small chips missing from lip. Traces of fused substance within.

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.

Details

Category:
James Watt's Garret Workshop
Object Number:
1924-792/435/1
type:
crucible
credit:
Major J.M. Gibson-Watt