26 pairs of small brass hinges

Made:
1758-1773 in United Kingdom
maker:
Unknown

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Wooden oval box containing hinges (catalogued separately under 1924-792/657) with lid and paper packing, unisgned,
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Wooden oval box containing hinges (catalogued separately under 1924-792/657) with lid and paper packing, unisgned,
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

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.

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Category:
James Watt's Garret Workshop
Object Number:
1924-792/657
Measurements:
small ones: 3 mm x 21 mm x 12 mm,
large ones: 3 mm x 31 mm x 15 mm,
type:
hinge
credit:
Major J.M. Gibson-Watt

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