Capstan and windlas, 1762.

Capstan and windlas, 1762.
3 4 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 26cm

Description

Model, made by George Adams, instrument maker to the king. A windlas forms a pair with the capstan. The capstan has a vertical axis and the windlas a horizontal axis but otherwise they are the same machine. Capstans and windlases were often cited as examples of the application of mechanical powers in courses of experimental philosophy.

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