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

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Silk and envelope

AST1030.12
Astronomical and navigational instruments

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Object ID AST1030.12
Description Dentist's silk in an envelope in a bag. 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 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
Materials silk
Measurements Bag: 5 x 155 x 100 mm
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