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Model of Grand Junction Railway locomotive "Wildfire", 1839
Model steam locomotive, approx. 1/10 scale, Grand Junction Railway 2-2-2 No.8 `Wildfire', prototype built 1837, model built by John Stagg of Birmingham in 1839.
Handbill, Theatre Royal, Covent Garden
One handbill. Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, Saturday, April 10th (year not stated).  Programme includes an "Aeronautic Excursion from London to Paris", in burlesque. Printed by W Reynolds, 9 Denmark Court, Strand, London, 13 1/2" x 7 1/4", 34.3 x 18.5 cm.
'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
The Dutton Viaduct on the Grand Junction Railway, over the Valley of the Weaver
Engraving, coloured. The Dutton Viaduct on the Grand Junction Railway, over the Valley of the Weaver... Painted by T[homas] Creswick; Engraved by W. Radclyffe. Published by Wrightson and Webb, New Street, Birmingham. [c1837-1840]. 32x40.5cm to platemark. Image 21x32.5cm, laid to platemark 31.8x40.6cm on sheet 35.5x44cm. From designs by G Stephenson Esqre and erected under the direction of J Locke esqr. [Viaduct was completed 9 December 1836; GJR opened July 1837]. Scene includes fishing boat, basket; two small trains on viaduct. In frame 43x49x2cm
Entrance into Manchester across Water Street
Thomas Talbot Bury
Print. Aquatint, coloured. 'Entrance into Manchester across Water Street'. T T Bury. delt; H. Pyall. sculpt. - 'Plate 6' of Views on the Liverpool and Manchester Railway. - London, Published Feby 1831 by R Ackermann, 96 Strand. image 19.8x25cm on sheet 23.5x27.5cm. In frame 41x44x2cm
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.
Model steam locomotive, approx. 1/10 scale, live steam for table-top operation, 2-2-2 inside-cylinder type, brass, named `Eclipse', built by John Turner, Hyde, 1841
Weights and measures
William Henry Pyne
Aquatint, coloured, weights and measures. By and after W.H. Pyne. . trimmed to 28x26cm. Depicting inspectors, scales and weights tripod. [The first systematic inspection system with salaried officers, 1795]. In frame 40.5x36x1.5cm
Print: Chemical Lectures / Designed & Published by Thomas Rowlandson, James St. Adelphi [London], nd.[c.1810]. Etching, col.; image 23x33cm on sheet trimmed to 25x34.5cm. Satire featuring the young Humphry Davy lecturing to a mixed audience at the Surry [ie, Surrey] Institution in London, chemical apparatus on the lecturing bench; in the audience is [?] Friedrich Accum (1769-1838), appointed chemistry lecturer at the SI in 1803), with Accum's book 'Chemical lectures' in his pocket. In frame 28x37x2cm. [BM11605]. NB: In the Annals of Science April 2000, an article suggests that the lecturer in the scene is in fact Accum himself, and that Davy did not lecture at the Surrey (name not in official lists); however the lecturer is depicted as a young man, whereas Accum by 1810 is forty years of age.
Spring operated 'Nelson' knife, New York, United States, 1845-1855
Spring-operated "Nelson" knife. Made by A.A. Marks c.1850.
Calotype camera with lens by Chevalier and double dark slide, c. 1843. Lens inscribed 'Portrait et Paysages'.
Engraving: Watt's first experiment of steam
Engraving: Watt's first experiment of steam. By James Scott after R.W. Buss, published by Lloyd Brothers, 1849. overall: 49.5x55cm.
Lithograph: 'Tring Cutting. June 17th 1837'
Bourne, John Cooke
print. Lithograph (buff and black) 'Tring Cutting. June 17th 1837' / by John Cooke Bourne del et lithog, 1839, Plate XIX [of Bourne's London and Birmingham Railway, 1839]. London: Published 1839, by the proprietor JC Bourne, 19, Lamb's Conduit Street and Ackermann & Co, Strand. Printed by C. Hullmandel. Image 23.5x35.2cm on sheet 38x55cm. Shows scale of industry using animal and human power. Many 'horse runs' used for drawing up wheelbarrows containing spoil from excavation
View of the Britannia Tubular Bridge
Lithograph, coloured. View of the Britannia Tubular Bridge (opened 1850) over the Menai Strait, with the road Suspension Bridge of 1826 in background. [c1850]. Overall: trimmed to 27x46cm. Shipping below bridge includes paddlesteamer. In frame 42x60.5x2cm
Engraving of Theory of pulleys (Theorie elementaire des Poulies)
Engraving, coloured. [Theory of pulleys] = Theorie elementaire des Poulies.. Noeuds employes dans la Marine et dans l'Industrie. Grave sur acier par Langevin; Impe par Fosset... Maison Basset..., Paris. [1850-1860?]. Book plate [two page spread] illustrating 50 assorted knots, 37 pulleys and 20 other assemblages, with key diagrams. Sheet 55x71.5cm. In frame 72.5x86x3cm
Model railway carriage, Manchester & Leeds Railway
Model railway carriage, scale 1:8, Manchester & Leeds Railway (Lancashire & Yorkshire) third class passenger carriage, 1839.
South-East View of Sheffield
Chromolithograph. South East View of Sheffield. Lithographed by T. Picken after W. Ibbitt, printed by Day & Son, [London]. Published April 7th 1855 by W. Ibbitt, 152 Broad Lane, Sheffield. Image 38x68.5cm on sheet 50x77cm. signed in stone brc W Ibbitt/55. Industrial cityscape with smoking chimneys, canal staithes and barges, workmen on break, women washday, mine heads, civic pride. In frame 66x90x2cm
Model of Wood's cross bar signal
Model signal, scale 1:16, Wood's crossbar signal, c.1840.
model manchester & leeds railway carriage
Model railway carriage, scale 1:8, Manchester & Leeds Railway (Lancashire & Yorkshire) third class open passenger, 1839.
Near Wellington, Shropshire
Charles Joseph Hullmandel
Lithograph: Near Wellington, Shropshire. Printed by C Hullmandel [after Francis Nicholson], 1821. Initialled in the stone blc: F.N.1821. Image 22x31cm, vignette on sheet 27.5x38cm. Scene is of colliery site: pit heads, winding gear and engine houses at night, horse drawn wagon. Transformation of the English landscape by buildings and the pollution of the atmosphere. In frame 33x42x2cm
model of great western railway disc and crossbar signal
Model signal, scale 1:16, Great Western Railway, disc and crossbar signal, 1841.
East Indiaman Herefordshire
William John Huggins
Painting. East Indiaman "Herefordshire" (1813) / WJ Huggins, 1815. Oil on canvas; 1320 x1920mm. Signed and dated bl, W.J. Huggins, 1815. Portrait, ship. Shipbuilders' commission with the ship depicted in three different positions, stern, aft, and port, full sail. Coastal scene off Margate. The Herefordshire was built in Bombay in 1813 to the specification of the East India Company who chartered her from private ownership. She was of 1342 tons burden with a crew of 130 men and armed with 26 guns
Lithograph, Chronological pictures of English Hist
Lithograph, Chronological pictures of English History, designed and drawn by John Gilbert: covering 1760 to 1811 in the reign of George III. Featuring inter alia, James Watt seated beside engine apparatus [185-]
Model railway ball signal, Great Western Railway
Model signal, scale 1:16, Great Western Railway, ball signal, 1837.
Portrait bust of Henry Maudslay
Francis Legatt Chantrey
Plaster cast of original marble bust, by Sir F. Chantrey, of Henry Maudslay (1771-1831)
Principal varieties of mankind', 3 May 1850.
Geographical Diagram. The Principal Varieties of Mankind. Published by James Reynolds 174 Strand, London. 3 May 1850. Drawn and engraved by John Emslie.
Fowke's Bellows camera
Camera with fittings etc, formerly the property of Captain Fowke Royal Engineers. Two ivory plaques: 'Capt Fowke's Camera, T. Ottewill & Co. London', 'Henry Cole Esq, In memory of Capt Fowke. R.E. 4th Dec 1868'.
Carding, drawing and roving
Drawing. Carding, drawing and roving [Swainson, Birley & Co cotton mill] / Thomas Allom, nd. [c1834]. pencil, pen, sepia and wash; 12x19cm. Original for a plate from Baines' History of cotton manufacture 1836. wheel drives overhead, women and child operatives
Working model of the double trunk steam engines, as used on HMS 'Minotaur (1867) and HMS 'Northumberland' (1868)
Working model, scale 1:12, of twin-cylinder steam driven double trunk screw engines, as extensively used for screw propulsion on the HMS 'Minotaur' and 'Northumberland' (1865-1868), construction patented, and model made by John Penn and Sons in 1845, mounted on ships hull model showing arrangement of engine mounting points made by South Kensington Museum (Workshops), in glass case on table stand (see note). A Trunk Engine was originally developed to reduce engine height while maintaining a long stroke. The long stroke meant that the engine retained greater power while a low profile was curcial for placing the engine as deep in the ship as possible. This depth was ideally below the waterline in the event of enemy action.
Album of cyanotypes of British and Foreign Ferns
Album of cyanotypes of British and Foreign Ferns, made and assembled by Anna Atkins and Anne Dixon for presentation to `CSA' (unknown), 1853
Cheffins's Map of the Railways in England and Scotland
Railway Maps & Plans
Engraved map. Cheffins's Map of the English & Scotch Railways by C. F. Cheffins, 1845. 4th ed. Scale 1" : c.13 1/2m. Part of the John Phillimore Collection: cat. 1, 1845, page 6. Originally folded and bound within boards (18.5 x 12.5cm.) Cover title is 'Cheffins's Map of the Railways in England & Scotland, Accurately Delineating all the lines at present opened. Also .... the Main Roads throughout the Kingdom with the distances between the Towns ...'.
Power loom weaving
Drawing. Power loom weaving [Swainson, Birley & Co cotton mill] / Thomas Allom, nd. [c1834]. pencil, pen, sepia and wash, 12x19cm. Original of a plate from Baines' History of cotton manufacture 1836. Huge machine room; overseer, women working
Grand Junction Railway locomotive 'Columbine'
Locomotives and Rolling Stock
Steam locomotive and tender, Grand Junction Railway, (London & North Western Railway), 2-2-2 No 49, "Columbine", designed by Alexander Allen, built at Crewe Works in 1845, withdrawn in 1902, cab separated from locomotive.
Letter from Queen Victoria mentioning chloroform use in childbirth
[Letter] 1859 Dec 21, Windsor Castle/[Queen Victoria. Written in third person, she is "very glad to hear Minnie is going on so well & had the inestimable blessing of chloroform w. no one can ever be sufficiently grateful for". She praises the doctor of whom she has heard many good reports. (Queen Victoria pioneered the use of chloroform in childbirth; it was adminstered to her during her eight confinements and she wrote enthusiastically about it in her journal)]
Whitworth Pillar Drilling Machine
Hand and Machine Tools
Pillar drill, made by Joseph Whitworth & Co., Manchester, c. 1860.
Cornish penny token, 1811.
Coins, Medals & Tokens
Token, copper, 35mm diameter. Cornish penny, 1811. (D Cornwall 19 to 24). Issued by John Williams, mining magnate. obverse, Redruth. pumping engine and winding machine. reverse, three industries of copper tin and pilchards. [Issuer Unknown, 1811, 1d. Obverse Pumping engine and horse whim. Reverse Ingots of copper and tin, a fish. Notes The objects depicted on the reverse relate to the county’s main industries of mining and fishing (pilchards and herring). The token was probably for general use in Cornwall.]
Diorama of the West Portal of Box Tunnel, built 1841
Model of west portal of Box tunnel, Wiltshire, Great Western Railway, in scenic setting, scale 1:88 (4mm = 1 foot).
The Ready Reckoner' book of tables, c 1826.
Book titled, 'THE READY RECKONER or Trader's Sure Guide, New & Improved Edition' by William Leybourne containing tables for calculating both wholesale and retail, c.1826.
Pair of Queen Victoria's white satin slippers, England, 1840-1848
Pair of Queen Victoria's white satin slippers with bars of gold ribbon and gold rosette on front, part of Chalmers' collection, by Gundry and Son, 1 Soho Square, London, England, 1840-1848.
Wax anatomical model of a female showing internal organs, Florence, Italy, 1818
Anatomy & Pathology
Wax anatomical model of female torso and head, showing internal organs, with removable heart, on wooden display cabinet, by Francesco Calenzuoli, Italian, dated 1818
Early compound beam engine
Compound Condensing Beam Engine 8" & 16" diam. x 17 7/8" & 26" stroke respectively, boiler feed pumps with plunger and Spare engine piston ring and parcel of small spare parts, by Thomas Horn, Engineer, Westminster, London, England, 1860 used at Ifield Sussex
Portrait of Sir William Herschel, astronomer, 1814
Engraving; stipple. Portrait of Dr. William Herschel (1738-1822), astronomer, Engraving by James Godby of a drawing made by Fr. Rehberg in 1814. Platemark 31x22.6cm, image 24.2x19.7cm [Cut within platemark to 30x24cm, removing imprint]. Dedicated to Sir Joseph Banks. - With detailed citation of Herschel. - Portrait of William Herschel, HL to R before sky with crescent moon and stars; "The background represents part of the Constellation of Gemini, with a telescopic aspect of the Georgium Sidus, as it was discovered by Dr. Herschell at Bath, ...1781"
Model of Norris 4-2-0 locomotive 'Austria'
model, scale 1:6, of Norris 4-2-0 locomotive "Austria", 1843, with tender.
Branding tool for marking deserters, London, England 1810-1850
Brass instrument for 'branding', deserters with a letter 'D', in leather covered case, by Savigny and Co., 67 St. James's Street, London, England, 1810-1850.
Replica of William Sturgeon's rotary electromagnetic engine
Wooden replica of the first rotary electromagnetic engine. Original made made by William Sturgeon around 1832
Cyanotype of Equisetum sylvaticum, 1853
A cyanotype of Equisetum sylvaticum, or Wood Horsetail, from 'Cyanotypes of British and Foreign Ferns', made by Anna Atkins in 1853.