WATT A RESULT
Scottish mechanical engineer James Watt (1736-1819), wanted a device to copy his intricate plans and drawings, which previously had to be done by hand, so he invented one. Best known for his steam machine that powered the industrial revolution, Watt patented the device in 1780. Commercially successful, it worked in a way that remained in use until the arrival of the modern photocopier. What an old farmhouse in West Lancashire was doing with a mahogany cased example of Watt’s copying machine dating from around 1800 is anyone’s guess, but despite being in need of restoration, it attracted multiple bids in a Warren & Wignall auction in Leyland to sell to the London trade for £1,050.