1 Iron hearth
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 front feet of the stove stand on a rough piece of ½” boiler plate which projects over the boards in front of the tiled hearth. Probably Watt placed the plate there as a precaution against fire, seeing that, in using the stove as a furnace, he would have had occasion to withdraw hot crucibles &c. from it.