Flute, foot-joint, with slot cut for flute key

Made:
1758-1769 in Glasgow
maker:
James Watt
one of  Two foot-joints, unfinished, poor quality (Fig 2).  Front view of whole object in gloved hand against blue one of  Two foot-joints, unfinished, poor quality (Fig 2).  Front view of whole object in gloved hand against blue

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one of Two foot-joints, unfinished, poor quality (Fig 2). Front view of whole object in gloved hand against blue
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

one of Two foot-joints, unfinished, poor quality (Fig 2). Front view of whole object in gloved hand against blue
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Flute, foot-joint, with slot cut for flute key, by James Watt, Glasgow, Scotland, 1758-1769

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:
1924-792/2319
type:
component - object
taxonomy:
credit:
Major J.M. Gibson-Watt