Mahogany barometer frame, hinged cover to lower part

Made:
1790-1819
maker:
Watt, James
Mahogany barometer frame - detail of cistern with door open. Part of Upwards of 6,600 objects, as detailed in the Mahogany barometer frame - detail of upper section. Part of Upwards of 6,600 objects, as detailed in the inventory

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Mahogany barometer frame - detail of cistern with door open. Part of Upwards of 6,600 objects, as detailed in the
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Mahogany barometer frame - detail of upper section. Part of Upwards of 6,600 objects, as detailed in the inventory
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

1 Mahogany barometer frame 3’3” x 3½” x 1”, hinged cover to lower part, enclosing piece of glass tube connected by chamois leather to box, adjusting screw on bottom

This item is part of the contents of the workshop that Scottish engineer James Watt developed at his home, Heathfield, at Handsworth, Birmingham, from c.1795 through to his death in 1819. 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.

Details

Category:
James Watt's Garret Workshop
Object Number:
1924-792/1896
Materials:
chamois leather, glass, mahogany (wood) and metal (unknown)
type:
barometer
credit:
Major J.M. Gibson-Watt