Steel bradawl with turned badly split wood handle

Made:
1758-1819 in United Kingdom
maker:
James Watt
and
Unknown
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Steel bradawl with turned wood handle, by James Watt, United Kingdom, 1758-1819. Bradawl has been made from what
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Steel bradawl with turned wood handle, by James Watt, United Kingdom, 1758-1819. Bradawl has been made from what
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Steel bradawl with turned wood badly split handle, United Kingdom, 1758-1819. Bradawl has been made from what appears to be an ⅛-inch steel firmer chisel blade.

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:
1924-792/387/2
Materials:
hickory (wood) and steel (metal)
type:
bradawl
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • woodworking tool
credit:
Major J.M. Gibson-Watt