Dutch oven

Made:
1790-1819
maker:
Watt, James

1 Dutch oven

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.

The dutch oven is made of tinplate, and was designed to sit above or in front of the workshop stove, and reflect its heat so that the food within was cooked thoroughly.

Details

Category:
James Watt's Garret Workshop
Object Number:
1924-792/450
type:
dutch oven
credit:
Major J.M. Gibson-Watt