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

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Unknown glass slides

Astronomical and navigational instruments

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Object ID AST1030.72
Description Two double squares of glass, one square is broken in half. The contents of these slides are difficult to determine; suggestions have included emulsion experiments and unidentified vegetable matter. These glass slides 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.
Date made

Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Herschel Collection
Materials glass
Measurements Overall: 2 x 68 x 68 mm
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