Head joint from flute

Made:
1758-1769 in Glasgow
maker:
James Watt
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Head joint roughed out with rasp (fig 3)(has been used as the handle of an auger). Front view of whole object in
Science Museum Group Collection
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Head joint roughed out with rasp (fig 3)(has been used as the handle of an auger). Front view of whole object in
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Head joint roughed out with rasp (fig 3)(has been used as the handle of an auger). Front view of whole object in
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Head joint roughed out with rasp (fig 3)(has been used as the handle of an auger). Front view of whole object in
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Head joint roughed out with rasp (fig 3)(has been used as the handle of an auger). Front view of whole object against
Science Museum Group Collection
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Head joint from flute, roughed out internally with a reamer, by James Watt, Glasgow, Scotland, 1758-1769

James Watt eventually employed 16 people to run a shop in Glasgow making numerous items. In spite of saying that music was ‘the source of idleness’, he built instruments for sale, including flutes, an organ and a guitar for the wife of one of his early business partners, John Roebuck. This component of a flute is likely to have been made on the suite of flute-making tools which survives in Watt's workshop.

Details

Category:
James Watt's Garret Workshop
Object Number:
1924-792/2316
type:
component - object
taxonomy:
credit:
Major J.M. Gibson-Watt