1 Pulley 2¼” dia. on tapering spindle, with 3 milled ball cutters

Made:
1758-1769 in Glasgow
maker:
James Watt
Tool to undercut holes Fig 10 (from box) Possibly a Watt original made with the thought of mass-production.  Overhead Tool to undercut holes Fig 10 (from box) Possibly a Watt original made with the thought of mass-production.  Front 3/4 Tool to undercut holes Fig 10 (from box) Possibly a Watt original made with the thought of mass-production.  Front 3/4 Tool to undercut holes Fig 10 (from box) Possibly a Watt original, made with the thought of mass-production.  Front 3/4

Buy this image as a print 

Buy

License this image for commercial use at Science and Society Picture Library

License

Buy this image as a print 

Buy

License this image for commercial use at Science and Society Picture Library

License

Buy this image as a print 

Buy

License this image for commercial use at Science and Society Picture Library

License

Buy this image as a print 

Buy

License this image for commercial use at Science and Society Picture Library

License

Tool to undercut holes Fig 10 (from box) Possibly a Watt original made with the thought of mass-production. Overhead
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Tool to undercut holes Fig 10 (from box) Possibly a Watt original made with the thought of mass-production. Front 3/4
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Tool to undercut holes Fig 10 (from box) Possibly a Watt original made with the thought of mass-production. Front 3/4
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Tool to undercut holes Fig 10 (from box) Possibly a Watt original, made with the thought of mass-production. Front 3/4
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

1 Pulley 2¼” dia. on tapering spindle, with 3 milled ball cutters, by James Watt, Glasgow, 1758-1769. Used for undercutting three finger-holes in flute bodies.

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:
1924-792/2328
Materials:
steel (metal) and wood (unidentified)
type:
pulley
credit:
Major J.M. Gibson-Watt