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

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Mineral fragment and box

AST1030.20
Astronomical and navigational instruments

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Object ID AST1030.20
Description A fragment of coiled copper band in a box. This coiled copper band 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 coiled copper band 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 wood; copper
Measurements Overall: 22 mm; Diameter: 33 mm
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