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Hangman's rope, England, 1870-1888
Hangman's rope, English, allegedly used in the hanging of Elizabeth Berry and Alfred Scandrett. Originally dated 1810-1824 and additionally associated with the execution of John Thurtell in 1824, stylistically this rope appears to be from a later period and Berry and Scandrett were executed in 1887 and 1888 respectively.
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.
Mercury douche for urethral therapy, Paris, France, 1840-1895
Cased, mercury douche with fittings for urethral therapy, made by A. Aubry, 5 Boulevard St. Michel, Paris, France, 1840-1895.
Hindu planispheric astrolabe in copper [brass?], single plate, made for Raja Ramasimha by Sivalala in 1870. Engraved in Sanskrit with instrument laid out for the latitude of Bundi (25º 28'), Rajasthan, India. Alidade at rear missing.
Operative Society of Bricklayers
Engraving, some colour: [Membership Certificate] Operative Society of Bricklayers. Designed by A.J. Waudby. [c1866-1870?]. The figures Engraved by C.H. Jeens. Engraved by J.H. Le Keux. Printed by Bradbury, Wilkinson & Co. Farringdon Road, London EC. Issued Leighton Buzzard branch, March 1887. Platemark 58x45.7cm, sheet 69.5x51cm. Trade Union emblem with figures, inset scenes of gauge work, brick laying, brick making, assorted tools and props. In frame 74.5x56.5x2cm
model steam, crewe type locomotive
Model steam locomotive, 1/16 scale, Grand Junction Railway `Crewe Goods' 2-4-0, prototype built 1846.
Model of a North Eastern Railway coal wagon, c 1915
Model wagon, 7 1/4" gauge, North Eastern Railway, 20 Ton Coal Hopper Wagon, No 62782, built Shildon, c1915, From Central Wagon Control, York.
Photograph of actress Hedy Lamarr in the 1933 film 'Ecstasy'
Scene still photograph of Hedy Kiesler (Hedy Lamarr) and Leopold Kramer in the 1933 Czech-Austrian film 'Ecstasy' (directed by Gustav Machatý).
Water pipe from Water Street, Manchester
Water Supply & Sanitation
Cast iron water pipe taken from Water Street; probably dates from the late 1890s; extracted by United Utilities during water pipe replacement which took place in Manchester City Centre 2007-2009
Specimen of Dover-Calais telegraph cable, 1851
Specimen of Dover to Calais telegraph cable showing corrosion, made by R S Newall and Company, Millwall, London, England, 1851
Print, 'Interior Tanks', a scene on 'Great Eastern' during the laying of the first Atlantic cable, 1865-1867
Coloured print of Robert Charles Dudley's 'Interior Tanks' (scene on "Great Eastern" during laying of the first Atlantic cable), printed by Day and Son Limited, Camden, London, England, 1865-1867. Full title of the work is 'Interior of one of the tanks aboard the Great Eastern - cable passing out'.
Hank Winding Machine
Cop-reel hank-winding machine, made by Platt Brothers & Co. Ltd, Oldham, 1897.
Hand and Machine Tools
model of a Garrett saw bench with a safety guard designed by J. B. Lakeman, 1879, scale 1:4, constructed by R. Garrett, Leiston, Suffolk, 1879
Medicinal water bottle, Elisha's spring
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
Medicinal water bottle, with contents from Elisha's spring, Jericho, collected March, 1928
Braiding machine made around 1900, used at Croft Mill, Manchester.
Platt Brothers Notice
Metal notice made by Platt Brothers and Co. Ltd, Oldham, c.1899 regarding working hours.
Intermediate frame, made by Platt Brothers & Co. Ltd, Oldham, 1907, and used at Roy Mill, Royton.
sample of deep-sea section of first transatlantic cable, 1857-1858
Sample of deep-sea section of first transatlantic cable mounted on wooden presentation block, made by Glass, Elliot and Company, Greenwich, London, England, 1857-1858.
Lancashire loom, made by J. & R. Shorrock, Darwen, c.1880, and used at Pennington Mill, Leigh.
Portion of the first submarine cable between Dover and Calais, 1850
Portion of the first submarine cable laid between Dover and Calais, made by the Gutta Percha Company, Islington, London, England, 1850.
Portable electrocardiograph, Cambridge, England, 1929
Portable electrocardiograph machine, No.C129668, by the Cambridge Instrument Co. Ltd., 1929.
Brunton type auriscope by Mayer and Meltzer, London, 1874-1914
Embossing telegraph receiver 1878-1900
Embossing telegraph receiver, made by J. H. Bunnell and Co., New York, United States, 1878-1900
scale with metal stand for Thompson mirror speaking galvanometer, 1858
Scale on stand, for Thomson mirror speaking galvanometer, made by Elliott Brothers, Strand, London, England, 1858
selector switch, 1903
Selector switch, made by the Clark Automatic Telephone Company, United States, 1903. From automatic interdepartmental telephone switchboard installed at Guy's Hospital, February, 1903
Experimental form 1 (Licence to use Wireless Telegraph), 1905
Experimental form 1 (Licence to use Wireless Telegraph for Experimental purposes) dated 14 November 1905 and made out to Ernest Dundas Gledall Esq BSc, issued by the General Post Office on behalf of the Postmaster General, British, 1905
Two-wire telephone repeater, 1923-1925
Two-wire telephone repeater, made by Standard Telephones and Cables in collaboration with Western Electric Company, British, 1923-1925
Model of the Blue Star Line T.S. 'Arandora Star'
Whole model, scale 1:48, of the Blue Star Line twin-screw turbine steamer 'Arandora Star' (launched in 1927), probably by Cammel Laird and Co Ltd, Birkenhead, England, 1927-1946
Glass flask containing urine
Glass flask, containing urine, prepared by Lister, used in his experiments on putrefaction, from 1871-1877
Hen-feathered male Sebright bantam
Hen-feathered male Sebright bantam, bred by Thomas Hunt Morgan, United States, 1914-1924
Two lancets in a patterned silver case
Two lancets, steel blade in tortoiseshell sheath, by Savigny and Co. of London, 1810-1850, in silver case, inscribed "R.G.," made in Birmingham in 1844
'Tabloid' medicine chest used on 1924 Mount Everest Expedition
Materia Medica & Pharmacology
'Tabloid' medicine chest, empty, used on 1924 Mount Everest Expedition, made and patented by Burroughs, Wellcome and Co., London, 1887-1924
Steljes ABC type printing telegraph receiver
Steljes ABC type printing telegraph receiver No. 477, made by the Typewriting Telegraph Corporation Limited, London, England, 1895-1910
London Dome ear trumpet
Small square ear trumpet, hearing aid, European, 1869-1900
Robert Dudgeon’s sphygmograph
Sphygmograph which belonged to Dudgeon, by J. Ganter, 19 Crawford Street, London, England, 1876.
Calliper used to measure head size
Psychology, Psychiatry & Anthropometry
Phrenological calliper(?), possibly nickel-plated brass, from the British Phrenological Society, by Arnold and Sons, London.
Electrogalvanic amulet, zinc, copper and white metal disc, made by Joseph Raspail, French, 1870-1930, with crescent moon at center and six maple(?) leaves around it, no chain. Inscribed around edge of face 'La mysterieuse pile electrique de sante de Joseph Raspail Brevete S.G.D.G.' and nearer centre 'Son fluide magnetique par excellence'. Also 'ATTRACTION' between horns of moon. On reverse around edge, 'Toujours en contact avec vous je vous preserverai et vous guerirai de toutes vos maladies'; around moon, 'Son fluide dynamique par influence'; and next to moon, 'No. 5'.
Clockwork picture showing a tooth extraction, France, 1850-1909
Clockwork picture of an itinerant dentist performing an extraction in French rural scene, wood frame, metal workings, first half 19th century, once owned by Dr Paul F Gachet.
Anatomical model of the spine
Anatomy & Pathology
Anatomical model of the spine, papier mâché, in two parts, labelled, by Dr. Auzoux, French, 1901.
Henley needle galvanometer, 1855-1860
Henley needle galvanometer used in receiving the first telegraphic message transmitted across the Atlantic Ocean, made by W T Henley, British, around 1858.
Specimen of telegraph cable laid in Birmingham in 1856
Specimen of early telegraph cables laid in Birmingham in 1856, unearthed in 1898, unknown maker, British, 1856. 12 gutta-percha covered copper wires, each wire being around 1.67mm in diameter, making it most likely a No. 16 gauge wire of the period. The gutta-percha covering makes each wire 5.6mm in diameter
submarine cable laid across the River Medina, 1878
Submarine telegraph cable laid across the River Medina, Isle of Wight, 1878, recovered 1977. Believed used in A.G. Bell's telephone experiment between Cowes and Osborne House.
Model pipe with funnel top
Yellow metal model of pipe with square funnel-like top. Sticker marked 45. Part of a collection of small models of sanitary appliances, to be used for instruction in hygiene, in cabinet
Brooch in the shape of a horseshoe with a riding crop
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
Amulet, tin, gilt, brooch in form of shoe and riding crop on horseshoe, reputedly worn by soldier of the Middlesex Regiment, from Lovett collection, British, 1914-1918
Glass tube containing a portion of the first submarine cable laid between Dover and Calais, 1875-1913
Glass tube containing a portion of the first submarine cable between Dover and Calais, plus screws for mounting, unknown maker, England, 1875-1913
Crossley telephone receiver, 1880
Telephone receiver, Crossley's patent 1880, unknown maker, British, 1880.
Pioneers of Electric Telegraphy at the British Association
Framed photograph of 'Pioneers of Electric Telegraphy at the British Association Birmingham 1865', unknown maker, British, 1865
Clockwork interruptor, once owned by David Hughes, 1875-1880
Clockwork interruptor made and used by David Edward Hughes (1831-1900), England, c. 1879
Silver thimble, used to pass a current through the 1866 Transatlantic cable, 1860-1866
Silver thimble, unknown maker, probably Ireland, 1860-1866. Originally owned by Miss Emily FitzGerald and by means of which an electric current was sent through the two Atlantic telegraph cables in 1866