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

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Astronomical and navigational instruments

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Object ID AST1030.84
Description A square metal box with a cut out circle. The interior of the box is a rhomboid wooden clamp on springs. It was probably part of a larger instrument. This object 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.
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Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Herschel Collection
Materials metal; glass
Measurements Overall: 10 x 64 x 64 mm
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