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Compound Microscope by Carl Zeiss, Jena, German, 1870-1888
Compound microscope by Carl Zeiss no. 10553, accessories 2 objectives (A & D), 4 apochromatic objectives (3,4,8 & 16mm), 2 eyepieces (nos 2 & 4), 6 compensating eyepieces (nos 1,2,4,8,12,18), Abbe substage condenser, in mahogany case, small mahogany case (with key) for objectives and oculars. (see part records)
Punched cards for Babbage's Analytical Engine
Computing & Data Processing
Experimental models and moulds from Charles Babbage's work on calculating machines
Radial Flow Parson's Turbine Engines
Original radial flow Parson's turbine engines, part sectioned, originally fitted to the experimental yacht 'Turbinia' (fitted in 1894 and removed in 1896), by Parsons Marine Steam Turbine Company Limited, Wallsend, Tyne and Wear, England, 1894
Caricature of an undertaker hoping for cholera, Europe, c. 1854
Print. lithograph, some col, caricaturing precautions in a cholera epidemic [c1840-1865]. 3. 'Hoping for the spread of the cholera' (a gleeful undertaker, in hat, news reports of deaths), image 10x7cm edged to 12x9cm. Framed together with /1, /2, 52x21x2cm
Lister-type carbolic steam spray
Lister phenol spray, copper tank standing on brass frame, large wooden handle at side, two outlets for tubes, (missing), English, 1869-1890
Obstetrical instrument set, United Kingdom, 1871-1900
Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Contraception
Obstetric instrument set, in leather roll, British, late 19th century
Poster advertising lectures on phrenology, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, England, 1851
Lectures on phrenology, physiology, etc. April 3-10 1851. On yellow paper, 58x23cm. In frame, 64x28.5x2cm.
Early inhaler for ether anaesthesia
Early inhaler for ether anaesthesia, ether bottle connected by tubing to face mask, by Weiss of London, 1847-1848
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.
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.
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 sykes lock and block signalling system
Demonstration model of Sykes lock and block system, 1875, with glazed shade.
Grand Centrifugal Railway
print. engraving, handcol, 'Grand Centrifugal Railway, Cooper Street Manchester' / Brown, engraver and printer, 69 Water Street. Early rollercoaster, designed and constructed by Dean & Esplin, 'two circles 80 feet in circumference', participants in sledges. trimmed, pasted 17 x 31 cm.
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
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
model manchester & leeds railway carriage
Model railway carriage, scale 1:8, Manchester & Leeds Railway (Lancashire & Yorkshire) third class open passenger, 1839.
Distinguished Men of Science
Walker: - Distinguished Men of Science of Great Britain 1807-8. [Proof, with fascimile signatures on paper not as separate strip] in maple frame. Designed by Gilbert and drawn by F. Skill and W. Walker. Engraved by W. Walker and G. Zobel. London, 1862.
Engraving: Watt's first experiment
Engraving: Watt's first experiment. Marcus Stone ARA pinxt; Herbert Bourne sculpt; published by Appleton & Co, New York . An example of the genre of unashamed romanticism in depicting Watt's 'invention of steam'. overall: 27.5x37.5cm
Glass nipple shield, Europe, 1851-1900
Nursing & Hospital Furnishings
Glass nipple shield, second half 19th century
Whole model rigged of the screw steamship "Great Britain"
Whole model rigged of the screw steamship "Great Britain", scale 1:48, with 6 masts, one funnel, 4 life boats, and the coat of arms of England on the bow on four metal feet, by an unknown maker, United Kingdom, 1840-1878
Trial model and spare wheels for Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine
Computing & Data Processing
Trial model and spare wheels for Analytical Engine, mounted on wooden base, by Charles Babbage, England, c. 1870
One of the first rechargeable batteries, about 1860
The first practical lead-acid storage battery. Made by Gaston Planté in London around 1860.
Harrington's clockwork dental drill, the "Erado",
Harrington's clockwork dental drill, the "Erado", in fitted case, no.124, 1864-1870
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.
Hong Kong plague medal, England, 1894
Hong Kong Plague Medal 1894, silver medal with silk ribbon, awarded to Private S. Abbey of Shropshire Light Infantry, by the Hong Kong Community for his services during the plague epidemic, by Boucher and Wyon, English, 1894
Glass copy negative of Leeds Bridge by Louis Le Prince
Single large glass copy negative of Louis Le Prince's footage shot on Leeds Bridge in October 1888. This copy negative was made by the Science Museum in 1933 from the original paper negatives created by Le Prince and shows frame numbers 110 to 129.
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
Calotype camera with lens by Chevalier and double dark slide, c. 1843. Lens inscribed 'Portrait et Paysages'.
Parkesine replica of Bronze medal awarded to Alexander Parkes at the International Exhibition in 1862
Plastics and Modern Materials
Parkesine replica of Bronze medal awarded to Alexander Parkes at the International Exhibition in 1862. Bronze on one side; green on other. Made by Alexander Parkes; c. 1862.
Lawson 'Bicyclette', 1879
Lawson's Bicyclette of 1879, (First step in the evolution of the modern safety cycle) with box of accessory items.
A Gallenkamp and Company Limited
1880 - 1995
1880-1995, laboratory equipment manufacturer (chemistry, physics), London, England
Marey's Camera for Chronophotography
Camera for chronophotography on a fixed plate invented by Étienne-Jules Marey, about 1882.
Chamberland filter, France, 1875-1884
Chamberland filter used by Pasteur and Chamberland in work on anthrax and chicken cholera
Stockton & Darlington Railway 4-wheeled composite carriage
Locomotives and Rolling Stock
Railway carriage, No 31, four wheeled, composite (1st & 2nd Class), built for Stockton & Darlington Railway, by Homer & Wilkinson of Darlington in 1846.
paper tensile tester
Pocket-sized paper tensile tester made in Germany and supplied by H.Bertram and Co., London.
Hand printing block, pattern C7415, made by Stead McAlpin & Co. Ltd, Carlisle c.1840.
Nickel-plated table telephone
Nickel-plated skeleton table telephone, made by L. M. Ericsson & Co., Stockholm, 1895, for the National Telephone Company.
Telescoped sample of shore end Persian Gulf Cable, 1863
Telescoped sample of shore end Persian Gulf Cable, made by W T Henley's Telegraph Works Company Limited, North Woolwich, London, England, 1863
Calabash tobacco pipe, made from the neck of a gou
Calabash tobacco pipe, made from the neck of a gourd, silver mount and vulcanite mouthpiece, made in France or England, 1850-1900
Tailboard, North Eastern Railway
Locomotives and Rolling Stock Components
Tailboard, North Eastern Railway, "Train Following/Return to Saltburn No.5" (Oblong metal, c.1880)
Railway curves, G. S. Szlumper, London & South Western Railway
Tools of the Trade & Personal Accessories
Set of railway curves, pearwood, 2-250, in mahogany case with table of scales, formerly the property of G. S. Szlumper, London & South Western Railway, c1900.
Commemorative spade used to turn the first sod of
Commemorative spade used to turn the first sod of the River Lee Conservancy's new cutting through Horse Shoe Point, Clapton, on 12 July 1878
Hammer, part of post-mortem set
Anatomy & Pathology
Steel hammer with wooden scale tong handle, part of post-mortem set by S. Maw and Son, English, 1860-1870
Chicle gum in specimen jar
Materia Medica & Pharmacology
Jar of chicle or chewing gum, from Central America, 1850-1900
Cut glass bottle with deeply incised decoration, monogrammed MM
Cut glass bottle with deeply incised decoration, monogrammed MM, outer stopper missing, probably for smelling salts, part of Chalmers collection, English, 1860
Clear glass specimen jar for turmeric root
Materia Medica & Pharmacology
Clear glass specimen jar for turmeric root, with content from New Guinea, English jar, 1880-1899
Bottle for tincture of cinchona
Bottle, clear glass with stopper, trace contents, for composite tincture of cinchona, English, late 19th century