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NeXT cube computer, 1990
"NeXTcube," a NeXT computer, including screen, keyboard and mouse, made by NeXT, Redwood CIty, California, United States, 1990. Used by Tim Berners-Lee to design the World Wide Web, at CERN, 1990.
Self- striped printed muslin dress
Self-striped printed muslin dress, around 1830.
EBI cable for smart home technology
EBI cable for smart home technology. It is used to wire a controllable network in buildings, linking up all automation systems to create smart homes and building management systems.
index camera lens from Corona satellite, 1966-1972
Index camera lens from a Corona satellite, made by the ITEK Corporation, United States, 1966-1972
Two silver spoons from the first year of the Birmingham Assay Office
Two small Georgian solid silver spoons by Boulton & Fothergill, hallmarked 1773 - the first year of the Birmingham Assay Office which Matthew Boulton helped establish. John Fothergill was Matthew Boulton's initial partner at the Soho manufactory.
Nao V5 Evolution humanoid robot and associated merchandise and components
Nao V5 Evolution humanoid robot and associated merchandise and components, by Aldebaran Robotics Paris, France, 2016
Preliminary drawing plan for Daily Mirror office
Preliminary drawing plan for Daily Mirror office (printing press layout)
First model of a narrow gauge locomotive. The trial of narrow gauge locomotives at the Ffestiniog Railway in 1869 attracted worldwide interest.
'Cosmo Bonsor', locomotive model
A test model build by J C Crebbin, an amateur engineer who enjoyed testing different modifications, some of which would be adopted by railway companies.
2d ‘cartwheel’ coin, gilt, made by Soho mint 1797. The gilt versions of the standard copper coin were intended as marketing tools by Matthew Boulton, and were circulated to movers and shakers alongside the circulation version.
Made around 1850 by amateur model maker, W Kirkland. Charmingly naive - not to scale and make with whatever was to hand.
Model of 4-2-2 locomotive "Stirling Single"
Circa 1885 Model of Great Northern Railway “Stirling Single” 4-2-2 locomotive and 6 wheel tender. Spirit fired, live steam in makers original patinated paint finish. This model is signed Negretti and Zambra but is built from parts by Henry Wood of Oxford Street, London. Wood made complete models but also catalogued all the parts required to construct for yourself. It is my opinion that it was actually assembled by Negretti & Zambra and not just rebranded because the paint quality & finish is totally different to that on the known original condition surviving Henry Wood examples. Henry Wood Optical Instrument Maker and Model Engineer was the father of Sir Henry Wood founder of the Promenade Concerts.
Button, fluted steel, 55 lignes, inset circle of gilt metal, centre disc of carved pearl
Button, fluted steel, 55 lignes, inset circle of gilt metal, centre disc of carved pearl, unsigned, British, 1780-1820
Toothed drive wheel on proper left side. Comes with own set of rails, one toothed to accommodate the drive wheel which projects below the others, so has to sit on these rails. Internal gauge = 115mm, and wheels have 2mm flange.
Hawthorn (0-4-2 locomotive and tender)
Hawthorn (0-4-2 locomotive and tender) model engine made by Thomas James for R&W Hawthorn. This model inspired Henry Greenly to develop the first model kits. It mark the transition between early artisinal models and affordable, mass produced toys
Button, steel, 56 lignes, in foliate pattern
Button, steel, 56 lignes, in foliate pattern, unsigned, British, 1780-1820
Button, pearl, 52 lignes, concentric circles, inset with faceted mirror glass
Button, pearl, 52 lignes, concentric circles, inset with faceted mirror glass, unsigned, British, 1780-1820
Pair of candlesticks Sheffield plate by Boulton and Fothergill, Birmingham
Pair of candlesticks, Sheffield plate by Boulton and Fothergill, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England, c.1765
Coatee of the 1st Royal Lancashire Militia, 1800-1825
Coatee of the 1st Royal Lancashire Militia, early nineteenth century.
Button, copper gilt, with counter sunk, 57 lignes, blue glass disc painted with gold squares
Button, copper gilt, with counter sunk, 57 lignes, blue glass disc painted with gold squares, unsigned, British, 1780-1820
Button, copper gilt, 58 lignes, punched design, disc of opaque glass with sporting scene in gold and black
Button, copper gilt, 58 lignes, punched design, disc of opaque glass with sporting scene in gold and black, unsigned, British, 1780-1820
Model locomotive, Rocket
Model Rocket made c. 1845 by unknown maker. Intriguing… Why does it look nothing like the real thing?
Blue jasperware flower holder
Jasperware flower holder with cover, by Josiah Wedgwood and Sons Ltd, c. 1790-1795.
'Rosso Antico' Wedgwood vase with Egyptian motifs.
Globular Black Basalt vase with two loop handles and circular base. Around the body are applied Egyptian motifs in low red stoneware reliefs ('rosso antico'). The cover is flat and let into the neck of the vase, by Josiah Wedgwood and Sons Ltd, c. 1810
Collar for striking medals
Collar for striking medals by Jean Pierre Droz, England, 1800-1823. As used in the minting machinery developed by Boulton to produce coinage.
Button, pearl, 56 lignes, design in blue and white stones, inset circle of gilt metal
Button, pearl, 56 lignes, design in blue and white stones, inset circle of gilt metal, unsigned, British, 1780-1820
Concentrator Photovoltaic (CPV) solar mini module
Example of a concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) mini module. Designed to use inexpensive lenses to focus sunlight on to small efficient solar cells to maximise efficiency while reducing cost and land area use.