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

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Plate and case

Astronomical and navigational instruments

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Object ID AST1030.19
Description A glass plate in a paper case inscribed 'Infusion of archil. Thin wedge'. Archil is a coloured dye taken from several species of lichen. This object 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 object was presumably assembled to carry out a particular experiment though it is unclear precisely what that might have been.
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Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Herschel Collection
Measurements Overall: 3 mm x 104 mm x 34 mm
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