Round wooden box containing bone ashes

Made:
1790-1819 in United Kingdom
maker:
James Watt

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Group of objects from Watt Workshop. Box of window glass, prepared (1924-792/953), centre back; Box of Strap Emery
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Group of objects from Watt Workshop. Box of window glass, prepared (1924-792/953), centre back; Box of Bone Ashes
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Round wooden box containing bone ashes, James Watt, United Kingdom, 1790-1819.

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.

This item, and the entire contents of the drawer in the workshop which it sits in, may be associated with Watt's work for the Delftfield pottery, having been used for experiments on different coloured glazes.

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Details

Category:
James Watt's Garret Workshop
Object Number:
1924-792/1052
Materials:
ashes and wood (unidentified)
type:
ash
credit:
Major J.M. Gibson-Watt

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