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Akeley cine camera
Akeley 35mm cine camera with tripod and panning head, Akeley Camera Co, No 153, 1917.
Mounted set of Hagedorn's suture needles
Set of Heagedorn's suture needles, steel, mounted on a card, English, 1880-1920
Meerschaum tobacco pipe
Meerschaum pipe, bowl carved with figures of Frederick (Emperor of Germany 1888) and his Consort, 1880-1890, Austria or England.
Holmes' arc lamp from South Foreland Lighthouse, about 1860-80.
Holmes arc lamp from South Foreland Lighthouse
Chart of the Atlantic showing proposed couRse of the Atlantic Cable, 1856-1857
Framed and glazed chart of the Atlantic Ocean showing the proposed course of the Atlantic Cable, plus section marked 1857 showing the depth of the ocean bed at points along the course, made by the Atlantic Telegraph Company, London, England, 1856-1857.
Sample of gutta percha insulated cable, 1863-7
Sectioned sample of gutta percha insulated cable in cast iron pipe, from Gloucester, unknown maker, British, 1863-1867.
Lord Kelvin's 'ironclad' marine galvanometer, 1865-1866
Electricity and Magnetism
(Lord Kelvin) Thomson's 'Ironclad' marine galvanometer, made by James White, Glasgow, Scotland, 1865-1866. Used on board the 'Great Eastern' in the Atlantic Cable expedition of 1866.
Jones 50-line switchboard, 1879.
50-line manual telephone switchboard, made by Jones Brothers, Cincinatti, USA, 1879
Scutcher, made by Platt Brothers & Co. Ltd, Oldham, 1889, and used at Bank Top Mill, Oldham.
A T & T national telephone directory, October 1896
A T & T national telephone directory, published by the American Telephone and Telegraph Company, United States, October 1896.
Ricord type vaginal speculum
Ricord speculum, by Mathieu, used on Empress Eugenie, by Ricord, French
Cooke and Wheatstone's A.B.C. Telegraph Receiver, 1839-1840
Cooke and Wheatstone's A.B.C. Telegraph Receiver, probably made by Sir William Cooke, England, 1839-1840. Only known example of this type of telegraph pointer. Knob for rotating the dial has been broken off.
Display case of specimens of cinchona calisaya bark
Materia Medica & Pharmacology
Specimens of cinchona calisaya bark, of English commerce, probably from Peru, Howard collection, in glazed case, 1830-1880
Oersted Compass Needle, 1828
Ørsted's [Oersted] apparatus for showing the effect of an electric current on a magnetic needle, believed to have been supplied for £1-8-0 by Watkins and Hill, Charing Cross, Westminster, 1828.
Fergusson type speculum, England, 1871-1900
Speculum, vaginal, mirror interior, elastic gum covering, by Simpson, late 19th century, English, Fergusson type
Orrery planetary model
orrery with brass gearwork and paper scale showing eight planets out to Neptune with wooden case by Newton and Company, London, mid 19th century.
Bersey electric taxi cab
Bersey electric cab, 1897, designed by Walter Bersey (General Manager of the London Electrical Cab Company). Berseys were built by the Great Horseless Carriage Company, fitted with Mulliner bodies and powered by 3-1/2 horse power Lundell type motors with a range of 30 miles, and a top speed of 9 mph.An improved version with larger batteries was constructed by the Gloucester Railway Waggon Company. Breakdowns, coupled with the high cost of batteries and tyres made operations unprofitable, and the company was closed down in August, 1899. Altogether it is thought 77 cabs to Bersey's design were made by the two companies.
Copy of Thimonnier's chain-stitch sewing machine, 1830.
Copy of Barthelemy Thimonnier's chain stitch sewing machine, first invented in 1830.
Memento mori ring, Europe, 1801-1900
Silver finger ring, a memento mori in the form of a skull and cross bones with snakes intertwined
One of four original Swan and Raven models used by Froude
One of four original Swan and Raven models used by William Froude on River Dart in 1867 measuring 6 foot in length.
model sykes lock and block signalling system
Demonstration model of Sykes lock and block system, 1875, with glazed shade.
Anatomical model of a horse, c. 1850-1880.
Part of anatomical model of horse, half scale, annotated parts, by Dr. Auzoux, France, 1850-1880
Bioscope 35-mm cine-projector
Bioscope 35-mm cine-projector, made by Aubrey Franks, Manchester, c.1900.
Granular carbon-type telephone transmitter
Granular carbon type telephone transmitter, made by David Moseley & Sons, Manchester, c.1890.
Set of 8 brass handled, inspector's Imperial standard testing weights
Weighing & Measuring
Set of 8 brass handled, inspector's Imperial standard testing weights (7lb to 1oz & 4 to 1 dr) by W & T Avery Limited, Birmingham, dated 1890 in wooden carrying case. Used by the London County Council and later the London Borough of Southwark.
London & Birmingham Railway Guard's Clock, 1837-1839
Clock, guard's, ovoid type, brass and lignum vitae case, by John Walker, London, London & Birmingham railway No 615, Euston Station No 1, c1838.
lithographic printing press
Printing & Writing
Hand-operated lithographic printing press made by Alex Seggie of Edinburgh, 1871.
East Coast Joint Stock, 3rd Class railway carriage, 1898
Locomotives and Rolling Stock
Railway carriage, No 12, East Coast Joint Stock, 3rd Class, built at York in 1898, teak body. Length over buffers: 56' 4". (Also listed as 60' 8")
4-wheeled hand crane
Locomotives and Rolling Stock
Railway crane, Great Northern Railway, 4-wheeled hand crane, No 112, (LNER 942052), 1850.
Wood and leather bellows, part of first aid kit in wooden case for resuscitation, dating from first half 19th Century
Silver-gilt medicine spoon
Nursing & Hospital Furnishings
Silver-gilt medicine spoon, marked for tea, dessert and table spoon measurements, initials EMC, made by Krider, P.L, USA, 1801-1920
The Great Exhibition Polka 1851
Lithograph, colour: The Great Exhibition Polka 1851, for the pianoforte, composed and dedicated to HRH Prince Albert by Frank B Tussaud. Printed by Stannard & Dixon, issued by Duff & Hodgson, London . Sheet music cover with picture of Crystal Palace exterior and visitors. 34.5x24cm.
Underwood Typewriter, 1897
Printing & Writing
Underwood typewriter, No.1, 10" Pica, No.990, 1897
No. 3A Folding Pocket Kodak camera
No. 3A Folding Pocket Kodak camera, made by the Canadian Kodak Co. Ltd, Toronto, 1905 and used by Jack Alcock.
Cooke and Wheatstone's double needle telegraph, 1844
Cooke and Wheatstone's double needle telegraph, invented by Sir William Fothergill Cooke and Sir Charles Wheatstone, and made by William Reid, London, England, 1844. This is the instrument used to send the message which identified John Tawell as a murder suspect on 1 January 1845. It was located at Slough station, Great Western Railway.
East Coast Joint Stock passenger brake van
Locomotives and Rolling Stock
Brake van, East Coast Joint Stock, passenger bogie brake van, No 109. Great Northern Railway design to diagram number 38, teak bodied, built Doncaster 1908, ex Royal Train, originally numbered 82, withdrawn 1976 and overhauled by British Rail Engineering Limited Doncaster in 1977.
Tobacco pipe in the form of a bullock's head
Wooden tobacco pipe, in the form of a bullock's head, advertisisng Colman's mustard and starch, made in England 1896-1920
Blue glass condom mould
Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Contraception
Blue glass condom mould for rubber or latex moulding, reputedly from a manufacturing and chemist shop supplier Durrant & Sons, Bristol, England, 1900-1920
Silk skirt and blouse dyed with Perkin's Mauve Aniline Dye
Silk skirt and blouse dyed with Sir William Henry Perkin's Mauve Aniline Dye, unsigned, England, 1862-1863
Model of steam yacht 'Giralda'
Whole rigged model of the twin-screw triple-masted schooner yacht the S.Y. 'Giralda' (1894), probably by the Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Co., Govan, Scotland, c.1894. With two plastic plaques
Caricature showing a publican's dilemma during a cholera epidemic, Europe, c. 1854
Print. lithograph, some col, caricaturing precautions in a cholera epidemic [c1840-1865]. 1. 'Fearing the spread of the cholera' (gin drinkers beware, publican's dilemma), image 10x7cm edged to 12x9cm. Framed with /2 and /3, 52x21x2cm
Holmes-type stereo viewer (patents 1902, 1903, 1904). 'The mercury stereoscope'. Aluminium lens mount and chased aluminium hood, velvet edged. In heavy carton with 63 dollotype colour printed stereo cards of chocolate box designs, priced. With broken leather strap and carrying handle. Underwood and Underwood.
Prosthetic arm, London, 1903-1913
Arm made for a 16 year old girl with a congenital right below elbow amputation, (transverse terminal hemimelia). Because of limited elbow flexion a free-swinging leather cup socket was fitted. The forearm is connected to a lace-up arm corset by side steels thus providing the wearer with full flexion. There is an oval wrist and the rotary face has a 'key-fitting' for a wooden hand with articulated fingers and tenon thumb. In the palm there is a box-fitting to hold eating utensils and other devices. A small plain carrying-hook is in situ. Suspension is by means of a leather shoulder saddle and single strap designed to pass under the opposite axilla. Made by C.A. Hoefftoke, London c.1908.
Mattei's electro-homeopathic treatments, Bologna, Italy, 1871-1885
Mattei's electro-homeopathic cures (quack), with 4 labelled glass bottles and 16 phials, c1870
Foucault Pendulum for demonstrating the Earth's rotation, 1883
Brass Foucault pendulum bob and suspension piece made respectively in the Physics Laboratory and Mechanical Laboratory of the Royal College of Science in 1883, with a divided brass arc on a wooden board with lapse time clock indicator dial and wooden bob stand made in the Science Museum workshop, 1928. Set up in a stair well in the Western Galleries [1883-1920s] and then the Science Museum [1920s-1988]
Calotype camera with lens by Chevalier and double dark slide, c. 1843. Lens inscribed 'Portrait et Paysages'.