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Artificial left arm, United Kingdom, 1914-1916
Arm for a long left below elbow stump. Soft leather socket with 'U-shaped' jointed side steels incorporating a sliding elbow lock, sited on the outer side and fitted to an adjustable leather upper arm 'corset' with wide front aperture. The terminal device has a spline fitting allowing it to be locked or to rotate freely. This is a double hook incorporating a circular hole above, probably for agricultural use. Probably made by Anderson & Whitelaw c.1914-1916.
'Dr Syntax and his wife making an experiment in pneumatics', print, London, England, 1820
Aquatint, col. 'Dr Syntax and his Wife Making an experiment in Pneumatics'. Plate  from 'Dr. Syntax in Paris' [W Combe, 1820]. platemark 15x23cm, image 11x19cm. Caricature, scene dancing in drawing room, Nooth? chemical apparatus on lower left. In frame 29.5x35.5x1.5cm
Singer 'New Family' sewing machine, 1865-1883.
The Singer 'New Family' lockstitch sewing machine, made between 1865 and 1883.
Model steam locomotive, spirit fired live steam 'dribbler' 3
Model steam locomotive, spirit fired live steam 'dribbler' 3 inch gauge, Stevens' Model Dockyard 2-2-2.
'The British Nave' at the Great Exhibition of 1851
Print. Chromolithograph, 'The British Nave', Plate 3 (Proof) of a set of four large prints commemorating the Opening of the Great Exhibition of 1851, [after paintings by Joseph Nash]. Printed and published by Dickinson Brothers, New Bond Street. . Image 54.5x75cm on card 71x88cm. Signed Joseph Nash in ink on lower left edge of image. View of the Western or British Nave looking East, with long panorama of structure and layout of main avenue. In centre above horse's head is dioptric revolving lighthouse reflector mechanism by Chance Brothers & Co; then Seeley fountain; large Ross telescope; Coalbrookdale Dome. Large case on foreground left with model of Liverpool docks, beside cotton and beneath Philosophical and electric displays. Banners hang from balconies with arms of cities of Britain: York is nearest on right. Queen Victoria with Prince Albert and family are being escorted through on tour; guests and visitors stand watching and waiting. In frame, 84x100x2cm
Single-lens Cine Camera by Louis Le Prince
One-lens cinematograph camera, made by Louis Le Prince at Leeds in 1888.
'VeeDee' Mechanical vibrator, London, England, 1900-1915
Mechanical ' VeeDee' vibrator, cased by J.E. Garratt, London, English, 1900-1915
Ford Model T car
1912 Ford Model T motor car, made in Trafford Park, Manchester.
Whitworth standard wire gauge
1869 to 1897
Whitworth standard gauges for checking and adjusting wire gauges, based on the Whitworth proposed standard wire gauge; range 0.1-0.01 inches. The gauge is the flat part of the round bar: the gauge measurement being the distance across the flat surfaces. The use or standardisation of the decimal system was proposed by Whitworth when he was president of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers 1856 to 1857: 'Paper on a standard decimal measure of length'. Following the standard procedure and logic at that time each gauge size serves to establish that wire size standard. The concept of tolerance or specification by limits of acceptability had not at that time been established. These decimal gauges were never accepted as a national standard. The number of his wire gauge corresponds with sizes in thousandths of an inch from 1 to 500 with logical increases in increment of 0.001 (for small sizes) to 0.025 for the larger end of the range.
Silver medal, commemorates the International Health Exhibition
Circular silver medal, commemorates the International Health Exhibition held in London, designed by L.C. Wyon, made by J. Pinches, English 1884
Bottle for cocaine solution
Amber glass bottle for cocaine solution (20%) empty, with no stopper. 51 mm x 25 mm diameter, 23 g. Unknown maker, German, 1910-1920.
Part of Two foot geodetic theodolite, British, 1826-1828
Two-foot geodetic theodolite with cast iron base and mahogany stand, by Troughton and Simms, London, England, 1826-28. Fitted with three bubble levels and eight reading microscopes. First used in 1828 for checking the Lough Foyle base.
De Forest syntoniser, 1902-1907
De Forest Syntonizer, probably made by the American DeForest Wireless Telegraph Company, Maine, United States, 1902-1907
Tri-composite railway carriage
Locomotives and Rolling Stock
Railway carriage, London & South Western Railway, tri-composite, No 3598, built at Eastleigh in 1903.
Edison 'Gem' phonograph, 1903.
Edison "Gem" phonograph and 12 records, 1903.
Ashadar or time stick, Northern India, 1895-1905
Tibetan priest's Time-stick from Darjeeling, unsigned, West Bengal, India, 1895-1905. It worked in a simliar way to the column sundial, a wire gnomonwas placed in the hole that corresponded with the month, it was then twisted to align the shadow with the scale.
Braiding machine made around 1900, used at Croft Mill, Manchester.
model locomotion no 1
Model of locomotive No.1, "Locomotion", Stockton & Darlington Railway, 1825.
Felt and Tarrant Comptometer, 1887.
Comptometer, early form (wooden box), 72 keys numbered, plate on top of box engraved " Trade Comptometer mark, Patd. July 19th 1887, Oct 11th 1887, Jan 8th 1889, June 11th 1889, Nov 25th 1890, Dec 15th 1891, Felt & Tarrant Manufacturing Co., Chicago"
Isambard Kingdom Brunel, English civil engineer, mid-19th century.
Plaster bust of Isambard Kingdom Brunel
Daniell cell used by Edward Davy, 1836-1839
Daniell cell used and possibly made by Edward Davy, England, 1836-1839. Found in a field in Somerset by J J Fahie, an historian of the electric telegraph, in 1883.
gutta-percha hearing aid, 1840-1910
Gutta percha hearing aid, unknown maker, English, 1840-1910. Once the property of Dr. Laidlaw Purves.
Portrait of Ada, Countess of Lovelace
Alfred Edward Chalon
Watercolour, Ada Lovelace, possibly by A E Chalon (1780-1860), [c1840]. 25 x 18.3 cm. Portrait, TQL to L. looking front, in evening dress with mantilla, holding fan
Medal showing St Hubert and St Roch, France, 1831-1900
Gilt medal of St. Hubert and St. Roch, loop for suspension as holy pendant, possibly French, 1830-1900
Conjectural model of Trevithick's locomotive 'Catch-me-who-can'
Conjectural model, scale 1:11, of Trevithick's locomotive 'Catch-Me-Who-Can' 1808.
Wart-like stone used as a cure for warts
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
White stone, wart-like, used to rub on warts to cure them, from South Devon, 19th century
Calculating machine (arithmometer), Paris, France, 1880-1900
Arithmometer by Thomas de Colmar, no.2034
Pen tray made of gutta-percha
Plastics and Modern Materials
Pen tray of gutta-percha, made by the Gutta Percha Company, England, 1850-1900
Silver-plated ear trumpet, by FC Rein & Son, London, England, 1850-1900
Original preparation of quinine acetate
Materia Medica & Pharmacology
Original preparation of quinine acetate by Pelletier, 1810-1840
Mother and child statue
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
Wooden effigy of mother and child to help in childbirth and keep evil spirits from children, made by Ma-Yombe, Congolese, 1880-1920
Cotton bale breaker
Cotton bale breaker, made by Platt Brothers & Co. Ltd, Oldham, 1911 and used in the Textile Technology Department at UMIST.
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
Green glass eye bath, Europe, 1801-1900
Glass eye bath, green with reservoir, moulded
Enema syringe, France, 1855-1900
Reservoir for an Eguisier's enema, French, 1855-1900
Mallam-type vaccinator, London, England, 1874-1900
Public Health & Hygiene
Mallam's vaccinator, cased, patented and manufactured by Arnold and Sons, London, 1874-1900
Dr Williams' 'Pink Pills', London, England, 1850-1920
Materia Medica & Pharmacology
Bottle of Dr Williams "Pink Pills", by G.T. Fulford Co. Ltd. (of Canada), proprietors of the Dr. Williams Medicine Co., London, 1850-1920
Model of a ventilator, London, England, 1831-1870
Public Health & Hygiene
Ventilator, model of patent by Robert Boyle, mahogany frame, British, mid 19th century
Model of a drain pipe, London, England, 1896
Sewerage & Sanitation
One of three drain pipes, from twelve models for instruction in hygiene.
Old Spitalfields hand loom with jacquard mechanism
Old Spitalfields hand loom with jacquard mechanism.
Ear trumpet with flexible tube
Ear trumpet with flexible tube, usually known as a conversation tube
Clinical self registering Fahrenheit thermometer, English(?), with case, 1851-1900
'Pock-marked faces: A curious illusion', anti-vaccination leaflet
'Pock-marked faces: A curious illusion', published by the AntI-Vaccination League, London, England, c. 1880s
Miniature ear trumpet
Left miniature ear trumpet, brass (gilt) with ivory earpiece by F. C. Rein and Son, London, designed to be hidden under hair, 19th century.
Clock dial marked 'Potter, Railway Time', 1840-1880
Clock dial marked "Potter, Railway Time" with two hands, unknown maker, British, 1840-1880
Bell and Howell 2709 Model B 35mm cine camera
Bell & Howell 2709 cine camera, Model B. Standard Cinemachinery 35mm cine camera. With 4 lens turret, (original lenses are missing (fitted with lens Astro lens 1990-5036/3197). Gate and claw intermittent mechanism missing. Single sprocket. External magazines (2) 400 foot. Hand turned (handle missing), 8 and 1 frame shafts. Variable shutter 170 - 0 degrees. Preset or operated continuously by lever and gear attachment (missing). Rotary footage counter. Critical focuser. Ground glass insert behind turret, opposite taking lens. Thin slot for masks before gate. Shoe for viewfinder. Patents Sept 17 1912 and Feb 13 1917, no 5687. Serial No 932. Originally sold to the Ruby Camera Exchange in New York on 31 August 1929. Has ultra speed movement number 282 in it, which usually meant it was to be used for some kind of instrumentation as it would shoot slow motion images.