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A close up of an antique clock face showing ornate hands, floral decorative motifs and Roman numerals. A close up of an antique clock face showing ornate hands, floral decorative motifs and Roman numerals.

© Sheffield Museums

© Sheffield Museums

Benjamin Huntsman Clock

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Kelham Island Museum

This skilfully crafted longcase clock is testament to the great innovation of clockmaker and steelmaker, Benjamin Huntsman. Made in the 1740s, it’s the very first object to contain Huntsman’s Crucible Cast Steel.

 

This skilfully crafted longcase clock is testament to the great innovation of clockmaker and steelmaker, Benjamin Huntsman. Made in the 1740s, it’s the very first object to contain Huntsman’s Crucible Cast Steel. 

Benjamin Huntsman set up his own clockmaking business in Doncaster and began experiments in crucible steelmaking to create a better-quality material for his clock parts. At first crucible steel was made for smaller items but gradually its use became more widespread. Huntsman’s remarkable invention would subsequently go on to become the foundation of Sheffield’s world-renowned steel industry.

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Tue-Sat 10am-4pm | Sun 11am-4pm

The Upper Transport Gallery and Simplex Car display will be closed for events on Sat 25 May, Sun 26 May and Saturdays 1, 15, 22 & 29 Jun.

Kelham Island Museum

Alma Street

Sheffield

S3 8RY

A close up of an antique clock face showing ornate hands, floral decorative motifs and Roman numerals.

Benjamin Huntsman Clock

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