Reducing sculpture copying machine
- Watt, James
1 Proportional sculpture machine described as sculpturing or reducing machine consisting of wood stand with treadle motion supporting a machine bed with two divided heads which can be extended by a parallel motion. A bar with feeler and cutter commands the heads. Chains on right side with scale attached containing 1 hook and 4 oz. Weight
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.