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

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Threads and envelope

Astronomical and navigational instruments

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Object ID AST1030.10
Description Two skeins of raw silk in an envelope. This silk 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. Silk could be used in a range of different experiments though it was perhaps intended to be used in John FW 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
Materials silk
Measurements Envelope: 6 x 138 x 82 mm
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