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Builder's whole, rigged model, of SS 'Great Eastern', 1853-1857
Builder's whole, rigged model, scale 1:96, of SS 'Great Eastern' by John Scott Russell and Company, Millwall, London, England, 1853-1857
Printing telegraph receiver, 1845-1851
Printing telegraph receiver, probably made by John Watkins Brett, London, England, 1845-1851. Used to transmit the first telegraphic message under the sea in 1851, from Dover to Cap Gris Nez by John Watkins Brett (1805-1863)
Single needle telegraph, 1846
Single needle telegraph, made by William Reid for the Electric Telegraph Company, London, England, 1846
Chart of the Atlantic showing proposed couRse of the Atlantic Cable, 1856-1857
Framed and glazed chart of the Atlantic Ocean showing the proposed course of the Atlantic Cable, plus section marked 1857 showing the depth of the ocean bed at points along the course, made by the Atlantic Telegraph Company, London, England, 1856-1857.
Wax portrait of George Atkins (1766 – 1855)
Wax portrait of George Atkins (1766 – 1855) by Richard Cockle Lucas, London, 1852.
Magneto-electrometer, made by E. O. W. Whitehouse, England, 1857
Wheatstone's portable ABC telegraph, 1858
Wheatstone ABC telegraph set, made by the General Post Office, England, 1858
Marble statue of George Stephenson, 1852
Fixtures & Fittings from Railway Buildings
Marble statue, George Stephenson, on plinth (weight approx 6 tons). Dimension: 15' high (180" high x 36" square), from the Great Hall of Euston Station
Section of early underground telegraph cable, 1846
Section of early underground telegraph cable, believed to have been laid from Dumfries to Portpatrick, made by Edwin Clark and Henry Muirhead, British, 1846.
Sample of deep-sea section of first transatlantic cable, 1857-1858
Sample of deep-sea section of first transatlantic cable, made by R S Newall and Company, Birkenhead and Greenwich, England, 1857-1858
Sample of 1851 Dover-Calais telegraph cable, 1851
Specimen of Crampton's Dover and Calais telegraph cable, laid in 1851 and remained in use until 1875, made by R S Newall and Company, Millwall, London, England, 1851
Nasmyth steam hammer
Hand and Machine Tools
Nasmyth steam hammer, by James Nasmyth, Patricroft, Salford, Manchester, England, 1845-1855. Probably the earliest steam hammer. It was installed at the Royal Mint until 1933. Consisting of the component parts: - Anvil block, Anvil, Bedplate, two Standards (with maker's name and with lead stop-block attached - to which control gear attaches), Cylinder with valve chests, piston & rod, valve spindles and lubricators, Tup, with wiper cam and trip lever with wooden tappets and the Control gear assembly.
sample of the first transatlantic cable, 1857-1858
Sample of deep-sea portion of first transatlantic telegraph cable, manufactured by Glass, Elliot and Company, Greenwich, London, England, 1857-58. With outer wire armouring wound with a left-hand lay.
Decimal watch by Richard Dover Statter and Thomas Statter
Lever escapement watch by Richard Dover Statter and Thomas Statter. The main enamel dial is divided into 10 hours, each subdivided into ten. The hands move anti-clockwise, the centre seconds hand dividing a minute into 100 seconds. Inscribed ‘The true basis of a universal Decimal system’ Signed ‘Richd. Dover Statter & Thos. Statter, Liverpool No.1’. 1862
Mirror galvanometer for the transatlantic telegraph, 1858
Electricity and Magnetism
Mirror galvanometer invented by Lord Kelvin and used at the Newfoundland end of the 1858 transatlantic cable, made by James White, Glasgow, Scotland, 1858.
Thompson's Revolver Camera
Thompson's Revolver camera, serial number 44, manufactured by A Briois, Paris 1862. Camera body engraved: `Thompson Invtr, A Briois, 4 rue de la Douane, Paris, Brevete SGDG, No.44'
Keyboard for transmitting telegraphic messages, 1845-1851
Keyboard for transmitting telegraphic messages, probably made by John Watkins Brett, London, England, 1845-1851
Cammann type binaural stethoscope
Cammann binaural stethoscope, presented by Cammann to Dr. Barth.
Bright's bell telegraph, 1855
Bright's bell telegraph, unknown maker, England, 1855
Clark's block signalling telegraph instrument, 1854
Signalling & Telecommunications
Clark's block signalling telegraph instrument, invented by Edwin Clark, probably made by W T Henley's Telegraph Works Company for the Electric Telegraph Company, London, England, 1854. This type of instrument was used of the London and North Western Railway Line between London and Rugby from 1855
Thomson (Lord Kelvin) double curb transmitter, 1858
Thomson's double curb transmitter, probably made by William Thomson (Baron Kelvin), British, 1858
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
Colour lithograph of the S.S. 'Great Eastern'
[Colour lithograph of the S.S. 'Great Eastern', designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and John Scott Russell, launched 1858. 1850s. Longitudinal section. Scale 1/8" : 1'. Mounted, framed & glazed]
Small wares loom, made by T. Larmuth & Co., Manchester, around 1860.
Two-needle telegraph, made by William Reid & Co., London, 1846 and used on the Preston & Wyre Railway.
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
Monaural stethoscope and percussor
Monaural stethoscope and percussor, c.1880
Railway bridge section, portion of rivetted girder from Britannia Bridge
Railway bridge section, portion of rivetted girder from Britannia Bridge, Menai Straits, with painted inscription LAST RIVET / MARCH 5 1850 / R.STEPHENSON.
Pocket watch belonging to Joseph Lister
Gold pocket watch with second hand dial, formerly belonging to Lord Lister, by Simmons, London, 1853
windsor mantle clock
Clock, mantle, Great Western Railway, No 3355, from Royal Waiting Room, Windsor and Eton Station, pendulum movement, by Cole of London, c.1850. Elephants on side panels. Serial no inside - '31925CHVCNE'. Overall: 630 mm x 340 mm x 210 mm.
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.
Short sample of twin-core shore end used at Bushire in the Persian Gulf Cable, 1863
Short sample of twin-core shore end used at Bushehr in the laying of the Persian Gulf Cable, made by W T Henley's Telegraph Works Company Limited, North Woolwich, London, England, 1863
4-wheeled hand crane
Locomotives and Rolling Stock
Railway crane, Great Northern Railway, 4-wheeled hand crane, No 112, (LNER 942052), 1850.
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
Peel, Williams & Peel steam engine
Six-column beam engine, made by Peel, Williams & Peel, Manchester, in 1846 and originally used at Thomas Redfern's file-making factory in Stockport. A small beam engine, complete in itself and built as a free standing unit. Sometimes known as a 'wet bottom' engine due to its condenser tank at the base. Also described as a tank bed engine, with 12" x 20" slide valve cylinder.
Binocular stereoscopic camera
Binocular stereoscopic camera no. 12, made by John Benjamin Dancer, Manchester, c.1856 and probably owned by Joseph Sidebotham in the 1860s. Rear plate holder removeable. Focussed by turning milled nut on top. Fitted with a focal plate shutter as well as a front of lens shutter. Missing spirit level, brass plunger for changing plates and changing box.
Lucien Sharpe sheet metal gauge
Lucien Sharpe micrometer, c. 1850, steel, plain screw-sleeve type, (without rachet feel), reading up to 30mm by 0.01mm
Tables of lifetimes, annuities, and premiums
Book, "English life table : tables of lifetimes, annuities, and premiums ", by William Farr, M.D., F.R.S., D.C.L., 1864 (605 pp)
Short sample of main Persian Gulf Cable, 1863
Short sample of main Persian Gulf Cable, made by W T Henley's Telegraph Works Company Limited, North Woolwich, London, England, 1863
Dandy cart and horse
Locomotives and Rolling Stock
Dandy Cart and Horse, mid 19th century dandy cart, with (model) horse riding in it.
Remington 44 revolver
Hand and Machine Tools
Remington 44 revolver, bears an inspector's stamp, barrel length 236 mm / 9.3 in and calibre 11.2 mm / .44 in, by Remington Small Arms Factory, E. Remington and Sons, Ilion, New York state, United States, 1863-1865
Enfield carbine rifle
Hand and Machine Tools
Enfield carbine rifle, barrel length 595 mm / 23.4 in and calibre 14.3 mm / 0.56 in, London, United Kingdom, c.1860
Gold chain for Lister's pocket watch
Gold chain for use with pocket watch, formerly belonging to Lord Lister, in case, by John Simmons, Fleet Street, London, 1853
Model of street-sweeping machine.
Model of a street-sweeping machine, unsigned, United Kingdom, 1850-1857
Atlantic cable specimen, 1865
Specimen of 1865 Atlantic cable, made by the Telegraph Construction and Maintenance Company, Greenwich, London, England, 1865
Spectacles, gold rims, blue lenses, given to James
Spectacles, gold rims, blue lenses, given to James Brown by W. Barnington, in silver case, by Mills, Birmingham, 1853
Telegraph block instrument
Signalling & Telecommunications
Telegraph block instrument; Walker's, 1855, Stockton & Darlington Railway, No 216, type introduced by Mr C V Walker on the South Eastern Railway. (No.161 of 1866) Lock and Block with double semaphore-arm block-indicators on vertical wooden post with top-mounted block-dome/striker. There are 3 plates attached: "SDR No 162" (enamel); "Walker's Semaphore Block Instrument.1855....." (ivorine); "Walkers' Patent.." (enamel). This has a significantly shorter case than the SER examples.
Caricature showing 'The State Doctor' during a cholera epidemic, Europe, c. 1854
Print. lithograph, some col, caricaturing precautions in a cholera epidemic [c1840-1865]. 2. 'The State Doctor' (wearing expensive frock coat amid drugs and large pestles), image 9.5x6cm edged to 11.5x8cm. Framed together with /1, /3, 52x21x2cm