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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.
sample of submarine telegraph cable, 1866
Sample of submarine telegraph cable 25cm long, stated by donor to be from Norddeich-Norderney section of Norddeich-Lowestoft (Reuter), core made by Telegraph Construction and Maintenance Company, cable manufactured by W T Henley's Telegraph Works Company Limited, Greenwich, London, England, 1866
Cooke and Wheatstone double needle telegraph, 1844
Cooke and Wheatstone's double needle telegraph, invented by Sir William Fothergill Cooke (1806-1879) and Sir Charles Wheatstone (1802-1875), and made by William Reid, London, England, 1844. This instrument was installed at Paddington when the experimental telegraph was extended to Slough in 1843. On January 1, 1845 the Slough instrument sent a message to Paddington which enabled the identification and arrest of an alleged murderer.
Bust of James Watt in Parian Ware made by Josiah W
Bust of James Watt in Parian Ware made by Josiah Wedgwood & Sons from original by E.W. Wyon, 1859, 15" high
Biunial lantern slide projector
Biunial (two-tier) lantern slide projector with five lens tubes and two lenses, made by J. A. Furnivel, Manchester, c.1890. Originally lit by gas with special mixing valve. One projector sits on top of the other. Screw adjusters on both projectors to focus the beams together.
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.
General Post Office high-speed paper-tape telegraph transmitter, c.1880.
Tongue depressor, steel, by Maw of London, second half 19th century
Painting of man smoking opium
Oil painting of a man smoking opium, from Ah Sing's opium den in Victoria Street, London
Original Tesla induction motor, 1887-1888.
Original Tesla Induction Motor presented by Tesla to Prof. Ayrton
Model of Arthur Parsey's compressed air locomotive, 1845
Model compressed air locomotive, constructed in 1845 to demonstrate A Parseys patents of 1839 and 1844, presented to the Directors of the Great Western Railway by the late Sir James Caird Bt. (shipowner).
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.
Spirograph and examples of patterns drawn using it
Spirograph with attachments for drawing correctly the most elaborate spiral patterns; made by P.H. Desvignes Vienna, height 14 3/4 inches, diameter of table 13 1/2 inches
Hyperbolic Paraboloid String Surface Model
Hyperbolic paraboloid, made by Fabre de Lagrange, France, 1872. Formed by strings attached to two bars equally spaced, each turns on an arm perpendicular to itself and one arm swings on a pillar; these arms can be ranged in one plane.
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
Series of photographs showing phases of movement of a man jumping a hurdle, by Étienne-Jules Marey
Photograph showing phases of movement of a man jumping a hurdle, made by Étienne-Jules Marey, c 1892.
One of the first rechargeable batteries, about 1860
The first practical lead-acid storage battery. Made by Gaston Planté in London around 1860.
Ward's improved recumbent chair, London, 1880-1900
Ward's improved recumbent chair, by John Ward, 246 Tottenham Court Road, London, England, 1880-1900.
James Watt and the Steam Engine Print
Print. Engraving with mezzotint, [James Watt and the Steam Engine]. Engraved by James Scott, 1860, after painting by James Eckford Lander [ie, Lauder]. Trimmed
Model railway carriage, Manchester & Leeds Railway
Model railway carriage, scale 1:8, Manchester & Leeds Railway (Lancashire & Yorkshire) third class passenger carriage, 1839.
Cesare Urtis & Co - Forniture Electriche
poster, Cesare Urtis & Co. Turine - Forniture Electriche, by Adolfo Hohenstein, printed by Luigi Simondetti,Torino [Turin] c1900. Night scene, a city illuminated by woman holding electrical apparatus, cascade of wires and lightbulbs. Lithograph, col. 74x 52cm. In frame 80x58.5x2cm
Demeny-Gaumont chronophotograph camera/projector
Demeny-Gaumont chronophotograph camera/projector, c 1898. Serial No 1292. L Gaumont et cie, Paris. Cine camera and projector for 35mm film, Edison perforation; eccentrically mounted beater; two continuous prockets. Provision for frame, by moving gate; adjustable sector shutter; lens missing; external 400 foot magazines; direct vision viewfinder; film punch; handle missing.
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
Marey's Camera for Chronophotography
Camera for chronophotography on a fixed plate invented by Étienne-Jules Marey, about 1882.
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.
Embossing telegraph receiver 1878-1900
Embossing telegraph receiver, made by J. H. Bunnell and Co., New York, United States, 1878-1900
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
stock exchange automatic telegraph, 1872-1880
Stock exchange automatic telegraph, made by Thomas Edison, Menlo Park, New Jersey, United States, 1872-1880
William Thomson's marine mirror galvanometer, 1850-1900
William Thomson's marine mirror galvanometer, made by Siemens and Halske, Berlin, Germany, 1850-1900.
Hank Winding Machine
Cop-reel hank-winding machine, made by Platt Brothers & Co. Ltd, Oldham, 1897.
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'.
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
Wheatstone ABC telegraph receiver, 1942
ABC telegraph receiver, invented by Sir Charles Wheatstone, unknown maker, England, 1842
polarized 'guillotine' relay, 1862-1866
Polarized 'guillotine' relay, designed by W Andrews, England, 1862-1866.
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
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
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
Clockwork interruptor, once owned by David Hughes, 1875-1880
Clockwork interruptor made and used by David Edward Hughes (1831-1900), England, c. 1879
Portable double-needle telegraph and test set, 1850
Portable double-needle telegraph and test set, with removable wooden cover, unknown maker, possibly British, 1850
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
Tobacco box - made from a piece of roman lead pipe
Miscellanea & Curiosities
Tobacco box, made from a piece of lead pipe found in Roman remains in Old Broad Street, North London Railway. Presented to H. Jones by his friend Jn Johnson in October 1854. Brass inscription on lid.
The Atlantic Telegraph, broadsheet, 1866
Broadsheet, printed, hand-coloured engravings, 'The Atlantic Telegraph', describing the laying of the first successful transatlantic telegraph cables, published by Bacon & Co, 48 Paternoster Row, London, England, 1866. In glazed frame, 91 x 65.7 cm.
Ring transformer, 1892
John Gavey's ring transformer, used between Lavernock and Flatholm, made by John Gavey, Wales, 1892. Mounted on polished wooden board
Sinclair line selector automatic switch board, 1880-1890
Sinclair line selector automatic switch board (glass broken and incomplete), patented by David Sinclair, probably made by the National Telephone Company, British, 1880-1890
Receiving ‘jigger’ used by the Marconi Company, 1898
Receiving ‘jigger’ or oscillation transformer, single layer primary and secondary coils (split), used by the Marconi Company, probably made by Marconi's Wireless Telegraphy Company, Chelmsford, Essex, England, 1898
Carding engine, made by Asa Lees & Co. Ltd, Oldham, 1896 and used at Moorfield Mill in Shaw.
powdered graphite microphone, 1878-1890
Microphone consisting of small tube filled with (apparently) powdered graphite, probably made by David Edward Hughes, England, 1878-1890
Oil lamp base for Thomson mirror speaking galvanometer, 1858
Oil lamp base for Thomson mirror speaking galvanometer, made by Dietz and Company, City of London, England, 1858
Red metal model smokebox with label, Two rubber tubes coming off of the object one from top and one from base. Top has a metal and wooden end, and the base is red rubber. Text reads: 'Smokebox: connect to apparatus to opening a in model 121 and then place an ignited smoke ball in the box, and drive smoke into the model by aid of bellows attached to smokebox see notes on drain ventilation in instructions. Part of a collection of small models of sanitary appliances, to be used for instruction in hygiene, in cabinet