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.
- James Watt's Garret Workshop
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- Major J.M. Gibson-Watt
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