Astronomical and navigational instruments, Herschel family, The Herschels as experimenters

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Astronomical and navigational instruments

Object details:

Object ID AST1030
Description A cabinet for specimens, materials and apparatus for experiment (14 drawers). Some of the drawers are labelled, but many of the labels are missing. This cabinet contains photographic equipment (such as exposure meters), glass & prisms, mica, threads & wires, crystals & chemicals, microscope slides. The contents suggests it belonged to John FW Herschel and then later to his three sons, William James, Col John and Alexander Herschel, all keen experimental scientists in the mid to late 19th century. The cabinet though not the contents features in Steavenson's catalogue of all extant 'scientific' material housed at the Herschel family home in Slough (Observatory House) in 1924.
Date made 19th century

Artist/Maker Unknown
Place made Unknown
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Herschel Collection
Materials paper; wood
Measurements Overall: 295 mm x 675 mm x 247 mm
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