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Parts of Difference Engine, by Charles Babbage, c. 1822-30

Inventory Number: 94229
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Persons: Charles Babbage
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Place Created: London England United Kingdom Europe
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Brief Description: Main assembly on a wooden board, with 12 loose components. With glass dome.

According to Denis Roegel, this assembly contains elements belonging to Babbage's first prototype, unlike the other fragments (London, Cambridge, etc.). See "Anecdotes: Prototype Fragments from Babbage's First Difference Engine," IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol. 31, no. 2, pp. 70-75, April-June 2009, doi:10.1109/MAHC.2009.31
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Provenance: Presented by Miss E. M. Buxton in 1994, along with the Buxton Collection of Babbage's manuscripts. Originally lent by the executors of L. H. Dudley Buxton in 1939. Given to Buxton's grandfather Harry Wilmot Buxton by Babbage.
Collection Group: Buxton Collection

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Glass Dome

Inventory Number: 94229
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Persons: Charles Babbage
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Place Created: London England United Kingdom Europe
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Collection Group: Buxton Collection

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Loose Components

Inventory Number: 94229
Object Type:
Persons: Charles Babbage
Date Created: c. 1830
Place Created: London England United Kingdom Europe
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Brief Description: Six loose components not on display
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Collection Group: Buxton Collection

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