Astronomical and navigational instruments, Herschel family

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Pill box

Astronomical and navigational instruments

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Collection Astronomical and navigational instruments, Herschel family
Gallery locationNot on display
Peoplepossible owner: Herschel, John Frederick William

Object details:

Object ID AST1030.32
Description Empty pill box 'The ___ to be taken at ___. Sir J.H__ l' on lid. This pill box come from a 14 drawer cabinet found in the Herschel family home in the 1950s. Collectively the contents of this and a similar cabinet seems to suggest that they were used by successive generations of the family to store specimens, material and apparatus for carrying out experiments. This pill box however is clearly domestic, having, according to the label, contained actual pills. The Sir J. H referred to on the lid is probably Sir John FW Herschel.
Date made

Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Herschel Collection
Materials wood
Measurements Overall: 10 mm; Diameter: 20 mm
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