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

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Pill box and contents

Astronomical and navigational instruments

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Object ID AST1030.34
Description Pill box containing 'X G of Fenocy___nate of soda'. This sample and 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 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 or mineral sample presumably used by John F.W. Herschel and/ 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
Measurements Overall: 15 mm; Diameter: 33 mm
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