Handle from model of the first steam engine condenser

James Watt

Brass handle from an anatomist's syringe, part of the first model of a separate steam engine condenser by James Watt, 1765.

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 the handle of a large syringe, forming part of Watt's original model of the seperate condenser, 1765.


James Watt's Garret Workshop
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model - representation
  • visual and verbal communication
  • component - object
Major J.M. Gibson-Watt