26 pairs of small brass hinges, two sizes, unsigned, United Kingdom, 1790-1819. Contained within box 1924-792/657
This box of hinges was preserved in James Watt's workshop. They date from Watt's career as an instrument maker based in Glasgow, and would have been purchased in bulk from a specialist supplier for use in making the boxes Watt needed for his own scientific instruments, which he made and sold. They represent the specialisation and division of labour which characterised instrument making during this period.