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Wall telephone with Blake transmitter, 1880-1900
Wall telephone with Blake transmitter, unknown maker, possibly the United Telephone Company, British, 1880-1900
Fowler's phrenological head
Psychology, Psychiatry & Anthropometry
Fowler's phrenological head, 19th century, English, 1860-1896
Model of the ‘Optimus’ water closet, England
Model of the 'Optimus' patent water closet, invented by Stevens Hellyer and made by Dent & Hellyer Limited, British, 1870
Section of lightning conductor from St Paul’s cathedral
Iron bar which formed one section of the lightning conductor installed on St. Paul’s cathedral, London, in 1769, as recommended by a Royal Society committee. This bar remained in place until 1899.
Arkwright's prototype spinning machine, 1769.
Original spinning machine, Sir Richard Arkwright and John Kay, England, 1769.
National Telephone Company directory, 1898-1899
National Telephone Company UK telephone directory for 1898-9, published by the National Telephone Company, British, 1898-1899
Reis telephone transmitter, 1863
Reis telephone transmitter, made by J W Arnold, Frankfurt, Germany, 1863
Stanhope square demonstrator, c.1805.
Stanhope Demonstrator, an instrument for performing logical operations designed by Charles Stanhope.
Model of a teasing mill, also known as a gig-mill,
Model of a teasing mill, also known as a gig-mill, for raising the fibres of woollen cloth, reputed to be 18th century (scale 1:8).
Portrait of Francois Justin Vulliamy (1712 – 1797)
Oil on canvas portrait of Francois Justin Vulliamy (1712 – 1797).
'Bell-crank' engine, c. 1799
Model Boulton & Watt bell crank engine, c. 1799. The bell-crank engine design was devised for Boulton & Watt by William Murdock, one of their employees. It was the first 'independent' (self-supporting) engine to be built.
'Old Age' statue, Staffordshire, England, 1801-1830
Pottery statue, entitled "Old Age" depicting a man on crutches, Staffordshire, 1800-1830.
Full dentures, England, 1890-1900
Full dentures, vulcanite plates, porcelain teeth, gilt springs, made in England, 1890-1900
Machine-Screw thread making tool, by Henry Maudslay
Hand and Machine Tools
Tool for originating screw threads, made by Henry Maudslay, 1800-1805
Double duck-billed speculum
Speculum, vaginal, Sims, double duck-bill, metal, nickel plated, by Maw of London, late 19th century
Palmer's micrometer (replica)
Replica of original micrometer caliper by Jean Laurent Palmer, patented in France 7.9.1848, range 0 to 20 mm, made after 1867 by Brown & Sharpe
Snow plough, North Eastern Railway
Locomotives and Rolling Stock
Snow plough, North Eastern Railway, No DE900566, 1891.
Armillary sphere by Girolamo Della Volpaia
Armillary sphere made by Girolamo Della Volpaia, Florence, Italy, 1554. Inscribed ‘'Hieronymus Carmilli Vulpariae, Florentin, F.1554'.
Caroline Herschel's telescope, 1795-1816
Newtonian reflecting telescope with 6-inch diameter speculum mirror of 7-foot focal length with black painted deal tube and altazimuth stand plus accessories
Arthington Tunnel memorial plaque, 1849
Memorial plaque, stone, to commemorate those killed during the construction of the Arthington (Bramhope) Tunnel, Leeds & Thirsk Railway, 1845-1849, erected by James Bray, Contractor, 1849, from Otley churchyard.
Underwood 1 Typewriter, 1897
Printing & Writing
Underwood 1 typewriter, 10" Pica, No.990, 1897. This was the first typewriter with a writing area facing the user and type bars that stay out of sight until a key is struck. These features, shared by all subsequent typewriters, made it easy for the typist to see and if necessary correct the typing as it proceeded. The mechanism was developed in the USA by Franz X. Wagner from about 1892 and taken up, in 1895, by John T. Underwood (1857-1937), a producer of office supplies. The Underwood had a light touch and was also the first machine with a tabulator to facilitate neat columns.
Wooden statue of St Adrian
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Statue of Saint Adrian, invoked against stomach diseases, French(?), 1700-1850
Wooden statue of St Michael the Archangel, Spain, 1700-1850
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Gilded wooden figure of St. Michael, patron of soldiers and the sick, Spanish, 1700-1850
Enema syringe, France, 1855-1900
Reservoir for an Eguisier's enema, French, 1855-1900
Rawhide bag for storing cinchona bark
Materia Medica & Pharmacology
Bag for cinchona bark, known as a Seron, rawhide, brought from Peru, by the expedition of Ruiz and Pavon, 1777, with contents
Oval snuff box, England, 1807
Snuff box, oval, curved upwards at both ends, hinged lid hinged three-quarters across top, engraved B. Pettican, 1807, English, 1807
Moon globe by John Russell;England;1797
Moon globe 12-inch in diameter on libration stand, by John Russell, R.A., London, England, 1797. Known as ‘Selenographia’, the globe shows the nearside of the Moon visible from Earth. It has a mechanical mounting which demonstrates lunar libration, and which also features a miniature terrestrial globe.
Verge watch by Peter Debaufre with later modification by Alexander Cumming, London
Verge escapement watch with pirouette by Peter Debaufre, in a silver case with small aperture to show balance. Outer case missing. The silver dial has raised figures with blued steel beetle and poker hands and a subsidiary seconds dial with decorative pierced hand. The movement has a stop piece engaging with the contrate wheel, and the balance cock has a rim with two thin arms to show the pirouette balance which has a spring with 4 turns. A 'pirouette' is a device in which the balance is not on the same axis as the verge, but on a separate arbor and geared to the verge, so that it turns more rapidly. In this case a wheel of 60 teeth on the verge-staff gears with a pinion of 6 leaves on the balance-staff which thus has an arc of about 2½ turns. Signed 'Peter Debaufre London' (Peter is under the foot of the cock). C. 1700.
Hand painted Indian cotton fabric
Hand painted cotton fabric sample known as a palampore, made in India around 1700-1800, for export to Europe.
Telescope by Christopher Cock
Refracting five-draw telescope made by Christopher Cock, Long Acre, London, 1673. Inscribed ‘Christopher Cock Londini 1673’. The tube is decorated in gold designs on red vellum and features a royal coat of arms.
Pocket globe in case by Dudley Adams
Three-inch pocket globe in fish-skin case by Dudley Adams, Fleet Street, London, 1799-1802. A celestial map lines the inside of the case. The terrestrial globe is inscribed: ‘A New Globe of the Earth by Dudley Adams’. The voyages of Captain James Cook are also shown.
Bronze mortar and pestle, Europe, 1701-1800
Large light-coloured bronze mortar and pestle, mortar has wide flared rim, straight sided, 2 rounded handles and decoration, decorated shaft of pestle, European, 18th century
Model toilet cross section
Yellow metal model of a cross section of a toilet. Cream on the inside. Sticker marked 55. Part of a collection of small models of sanitary appliances, to be used for instruction in hygiene, in cabinet
Year-going longcase clock by Daniel Quare
Year-going longcase clock by Daniel Quare, London, c.1705 Oak case in the style of Daniel Marot, veneered in walnut. The brass dial has date aperture, silver spandrels and applied chapter-ring signed: ‘Dan Quare London’. An additional signature ‘Daniel Quare, London’ is found underneath the chapter-ring. The movement, of year duration, has a going train of six wheels, anchor escapement and seconds pendulum.
Improved Patent Magneto Electric Machine for nervous diseases
Improved Patent Magneto Electric Machine for nervous diseases, dynamo with steel magnet and brass and ebony terminals to apply to patient, all in polished wood case dated, unsigned, Europe, 1862
model steam locomotive
Model steam locomotive, 1:12 scale, designed by Simon Goodrich, 1826.
Cocked hat worn by French military surgeon
Cocked hat, beaver, belonging to military surgeon, French, 1790-1831
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
Carved wooden mask, showing a labret in position, British Columbia, Canadian
Brake composite/observation saloon
Locomotives and Rolling Stock
Railway carriage, Lynton & Barnstaple Railway, brake composite/observation. Saloon, No 6992, built 1897, (narrow gauge).
Wooden statue of St Margaret of Antioch, Europe, 1701-1850
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Wooden statue of Saint Margaret of Antioch, patron of nurses, invoked by married woman and against sterility, wounds and facial blemishes, possibly French, 1700-1850
Sunglasses with dark blue lenses
Sunglasses, straight arms, silver, dark blue lenses, English, 1860-1900
Lenses from the Finsen lamp
4 lenses from the Finsen ultraviolet lamp, presented by Princess Alexandra to the London Hospital in 1900
Wax model of a female human head, Germany, 1801-1900
Anatomy & Pathology
Wax model of female human head showing internal structure of skull, eye and face muscles, German(?), 19th century
Large pear shaped x-ray tube of form originally used by Prof. Röntgen, manufactured in Germany about 1896. Inside of glass at end of tube eroded by bringing cathode rays to a focus with a magnet; on stand.
Model vertical cylinder fire engine
Working model of a vertical cylinder steam fire engine, (scale 1:48)
George III's philosophical table
King George III
Philosophical table made for King George III by George Adams, Fleet Street, London, 1761-62. A pillar in three pieces, two wooden rings and wooden nut; vertical board with ivory scale (one fixing screw and washer missing) and backing board for pendulum experiments are attached.