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

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Glass plates

Astronomical and navigational instruments

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Object ID AST1030.85
Description Four plates of blue glass. Coloured glass could be used in a range of different experiments. These plates of glass 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 glass
Measurements Overall: 2 mm x 180 mm x 130 mm
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