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

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Astronomical and navigational instruments

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Object ID AST1030.14
Description Twist of silver wire in a bag. This silver wire 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. This silver wire was presumably used by John F.W. Herschel or his children (it may even have been used by John F.W. with his children) as the raw materials for experiments.
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Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Herschel Collection
Materials metal
Measurements Bag: 5 x 155 x 100 mm
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