File from the workshop of James Watt
Short, flat, rectangular file with finely textured file. Lots of small scratches on wooden handle. Dark ring of different coloured wood at top of wooden handle.
This file would have been used to cut, smooth and finish metalwork. Makers, craftsman, engineers typically had many types and sizes of files to use on different parts.
James Watt was an inventor, mathematical-instrument maker and engineer. He had a workshop in Glasgow at the University where he made and sold mathematical-instruments such as quadrants, compasses and scales. Watt is best known for inventing a separate steam condensor for the Newcomen steam engine, improving its efficiency and making it cheaper to run.