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

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Thread and box

Astronomical and navigational instruments

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Object ID AST1030.8
Description One skein of coloured and plaited glass thread in a box. This thread comes from a 14-drawer cabinet found in the Herschel family home in the 1950s. The contents of this and a similar cabinet seem to suggest that they were used by successive generations of the family to store specimens, material and apparatus for carrying out experiments. Thread could be used in a range of different experiments though it maybe that it was intended to be used in John F.W. Herschel and his son John's investigations into the Cavendish experiment/ Baily torsion experiment (see AST1030.6).
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Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Herschel Collection
Measurements Box: 20 x 225 x 35 mm
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