Equal size sculpture copying machine

Made:
1790-1819
maker:
Watt, James

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1 Equal sculpture machine described as the eidograph or copying machine, consisting of wooden stand with treadle motion supporting two heads one for the copy and the other for the work. A blanced frame with feeler and cutters commands the heads. 1 Stool

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:
1924-792/1924
Materials:
steel (metal) and wood (unidentified)
type:
machine
credit:
Major J.M. Gibson-Watt