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Pill box and contents
|Description||Pill box containing 'Tourmaline plates'. Tourmaline is one of he most chemically complicated of the a silicate minerals. It has unusual electrical properties which made it famous in the early 18th century and comes in a wide variety of colours depending on the ratio of metals in its make up. This sample and pill box come 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 is one of a set of pill boxes each containing a different chemical and/ or mineral sample 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.|