Long mahogany strip brass pin gauge with eight pins

Made:
1758-1769 in Glasgow
maker:
James Watt

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Group shot of from front to back 1924-792/2369/3 Long mahogany strip brass pin gauge with five pins, by James Watt,
Science Museum Group Collection
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Group shot of from front to back 1924-792/2369/1 Mahogany strip brass pin gauge with eight pins, by James Watt,
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Group shot of from front to back 1924-792/2369/1 Mahogany strip brass pin gauge with eight pins, by James Watt,
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Group shot of from front to back 1924-792/2369/1 Mahogany strip brass pin gauge with eight pins, by James Watt,
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Mahogany strip brass pin gauge with eight pins, by James Watt, Glasgow, Scotland, 1758-1769. Used for positioning the drilling of flute finger holes. Possibly a B fl flute similar to RCM 326 FL 6.

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 item is likely to have been made on the suite of flute-making tools which survives in Watt's workshop - using a gauge to mark the positions of the finger holes prior to drilling them would have speede up the manufacturing process.

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Details

Category:
James Watt's Garret Workshop
Object Number:
1924-792/2369/1
Materials:
brass (copper, zinc alloy) and mahogany (wood)
Measurements:
overall long gauge (eight pins): 25 mm x 274 mm x 11 mm, 0.027kg
type:
pin-gauge
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • jig - tool
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
credit:
Major J.M. Gibson-Watt

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