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Punched cards for Babbage's Analytical Engine
Computing & Data Processing
Experimental models and moulds from Charles Babbage's work on calculating machines
Fergusson type speculum, England, 1871-1900
Speculum, vaginal, mirror interior, elastic gum covering, by Simpson, late 19th century, English, Fergusson type
Eight brass toothed wheels with different numbers of teeth, on a central brass spindle, by William Ladd, London, England, 1870. Used in Savart's apparatus for producing sounds of known frequencies (see note).
Robert Paul's Cinematograph Camera No 2
Early Kinematograph apparatus by Robert Paul, London, 1896. One camera with continuous feed.
Model of a Jacquard loom
Model of a Jacquard loom (Scale 1:2), unknown maker, 1867.
Lawson 'Bicyclette', 1879
Lawson's Bicyclette of 1879, (First step in the evolution of the modern safety cycle) with box of accessory items.
Shand Mason horse-drawn steam fire engine, "1894 S
Shand Mason horse-drawn steam fire engine, "1894 Southgate Borough Council", with one length of suction hose and strainer. Capable of pumping 350 gallons of water in 1 min to a height of 160 ft.
Moon by James Nasmyth
James Hall Nasmyth
Painted full face of the Moon by James Nasmyth, 1849. Painted on paper in seven sections, pasted onto a further paper support.
Nasmyth reflecting telescope on turntable stand, 1850-1852
Reflecting telescope, 20-inch aperture with speculum mirror and altazimuth mounting, by James Nasmyth at Patricroft, Manchester, England, 1850-1852. Later the instrument was moved to ‘Hammerhurst’, Nasmyth’s new home at Penshurst, Kent, when he retired from industry in 1856. (see note)
Parsons' steam turbine generator, 1884.
Parsons' original Steam Turbine generator, with spare guide ring and fan, by Clarke, Chapman, Parsons & Co.,1884
Snuffbox in the form of a ram's head, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1881-1882
Snuff mull in form of ram's head, on three coasters, two compartments with silver gilt lids, Scottish, 1881-1882
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
Knife blades, part of post-mortem set
Anatomy & Pathology
Two knife blades, part of post-mortem set by S. Maw and Son, English, 1860-1870
Tailboard, North Eastern Railway
Locomotives and Rolling Stock Components
Tailboard, North Eastern Railway, "Train Following/Return to Saltburn No.5" (Oblong metal, c.1880)
paper tensile tester
Pocket-sized paper tensile tester made in Germany and supplied by H.Bertram and Co., London.
Small wares loom, made by T. Larmuth & Co., Manchester, around 1860.
Series of Photographs Showing Phases of Movement of a Running Man
Albumen print chronophotograph showing phases of movement of a running man, by Étienne-Jules Marey, c 1892.
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
Foot x-ray photograph by George Hugh Gabb
Foot x-ray photograph taken by George Hugh Gabb, 15 February 1896.
Filings coherer, Lodge pattern, 1895-1900
Filings coherer, Lodge pattern, with two wires inserted into bulb at one end, of the type designed or used by Sir Oliver Lodge, England, 1895-1900
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
Bottle for tincture of cinchona
Bottle, clear glass with stopper, trace contents, for composite tincture of cinchona, English, late 19th century
Model Draw Door Weir, 1872
Water Supply Metering
1872 (original); 1909 (model)
Model (scale 1:2) of weir of draw door type, as used on the upper Thames; constructed from drawings lent by the Conservators of the River Thames
Scarificator from cupping set
Scarificator, brass, part of cupping set made by Arnold of London, 1878
Nested cupping glasses
Two nested cupping glasses, part of cupping set made by Arnold of London, 1878
Photographic print of early x-ray
Photographic print of early X-rays taken by E E Brooks (pocket watch with chain), 1896-1900.
Electric Oil Break Fuse
Electric oil break fuse, made by S. Z. de Ferranti Ltd, 1898.
Scalpel handle, part of post-mortem set
Anatomy & Pathology
Handle for use with disposable scalpel blades, by Bard-Parker, part of post-mortem set by S. Maw and Son, English, 1860-1870
Wood-working brace drill, with button-operated latch chuck, 1875-1885
Hand and Machine Tools
Wood-working brace drill, with button-operated latch chuck, unsigned, England, 1875-1885. This is an early example of the brace which replaced the bow drill because it is easier to manipulate than the bow and there is no idle return movement. The speed of rotation is slower but the turning force (moment) is greater and a different form of bit (drill piece) taking a heavier cut was used. This is fitted with a button type of chuck used from the latter half of the 18th Century. However, the style features in 20th Century tool catalogues.
Two-needle telegraph, made by William Reid & Co., London, 1846 and used on the Preston & Wyre Railway.
Monaural stethoscope and percussor
Monaural stethoscope and percussor, c.1880
Horse-drawn Cockshoot carriage, 1900
Horse drawn Liverpool gig, made by Joseph Cockshoot & Co. Ltd, Manchester, c.1900.
Hand printing block
Hand printing block, pattern C7415, made by Stead McAlpin & Co. Ltd, Carlisle c.1840.
great western railway royal cigarette case
Miscellanea & Curiosities
Cigarette case, silver plated, Great Western Railway, from the Royal Saloon, built for Her Majesty Queen Victoria, 1897, comprises ashtray, match strikers, cigar cutter and cigarette box - moulded Crown on front. Overall: 75 mm x 110 mm x 146 mm.
Surgical scalpels, from post-mortem set
Anatomy & Pathology
Three scalpels with wooden handles, part of post-mortem set by S. Maw and Son, English, 1860-1870
Half-plate folding-tailboard camera, made by W. I. Chadwick, Manchester, c. 1860 and with lens made by J. B. Dancer, who sold the camera.
Telephone transmitter with induction coil, made by David Moseley & Sons, Manchester, c.1885.
Granular carbon-type telephone transmitter
Granular carbon type telephone transmitter, made by David Moseley & Sons, Manchester, c.1890.
Drawing instrument set
Set of drawing instruments, made by A. G. Thornton, Manchester, around 1890.
Bioscope 35-mm cine-projector
Bioscope 35-mm cine-projector, made by Aubrey Franks, Manchester, c.1900.
Duchenne's late C19 magneto electric therapy machi
Duchenne's late C19 magneto electric therapy machine, cased, expensively manufactured by Deleuil of Paris, French, 1860-1900
Telescoped sample of twin-core shore end cable used at Bushehr in the Persian Gulf Cable, 1863
Telescoped sample of twin-core shore end used at Bushehr (Bushire) in the laying of the Persian Gulf Cable, made by W T Henley's Telegraph Works Company Limited, North Woolwich, London, England, 1863
Short sample of shore end Persian Gulf Cable, 1863
Short sample of shore end Persian Gulf Cable, made by W T Henley's Telegraph Works Company Limited, North Woolwich, London, England, 1863
Headlamp part of a laryngoscopic set used by Mott
Headlamp part of a laryngoscopic set, plated metal and plastic, in leather case, owned by Sir Frederick Mott, made by Heinrich Reiner, Vienna, 1875-1885
Coherer with coarse brass turnings, 1894
Coherer, coarse brass turnings in long glass tube bent at end, designed or used by Sir Oliver Lodge, England, 1894-1904. Paper label stuck round tube marked in handwriting ‘June 23 1894’.
Bronze ticket medal for admission and commemoratio
Bronze ticket medal for admission and commemoration of the exposition et congres d' Hygiene et de Sauvetage, Brussels, by C. Weiner, Belgium, 1876, issued to J. W. Wood