Piece of T shaped wood, four wood bearing brackets one end, hinged piece the other

Made:
1790-1819
maker:
Watt, James

1 Piece of wood T shaped, with 4 wood bearing brackets one end, and hinged piece the other end

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 is a part of the reduced-size sculpture copying machine present in the workshop, in an early form.

Details

Category:
James Watt's Garret Workshop
Object Number:
1924-792/1368
type:
bracket
credit:
Major J.M. Gibson-Watt