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Drawing instrument set
Set of drawing instruments, made by A. G. Thornton, Manchester, around 1890.
East Coast Joint Stock, 3rd Class railway carriage, 1898
Locomotives and Rolling Stock
Railway carriage, No 12, East Coast Joint Stock, 3rd Class, built at York in 1898, teak body. Length over buffers: 56' 4". (Also listed as 60' 8")
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.
Bioscope 35-mm cine-projector
Bioscope 35-mm cine-projector, made by Aubrey Franks, Manchester, c.1900.
Three boxes of 'Manchester' rapid dry gelatine plates made by J. T. Chapman Ltd of Manchester in around 1888.
Barber's shaving bowl in the shape of a shell
Public Health & Hygiene
Barber's shaving bowl, enamelled copper, shaped and fluted like a shell, made in Canton, China, 1850-1900
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
Silver medal, commemorates the International Health Exhibition
Circular silver medal, commemorates the International Health Exhibition held in London, designed by L.C. Wyon, made by J. Pinches, English 1884
Pocket watch belonging to Joseph Lister
Gold pocket watch with second hand dial, formerly belonging to Lord Lister, by Simmons, London, 1853
Cherrywood tobacco pipe, crudely executed, cylindr
Cherrywood tobacco pipe, crudely executed, cylindrical bowl with flat bottom cut at acute angle, probably made in France, 1850-1900
Thornton-Pickard Amber camera
Thornton-Pickard 'Amber' camera with three blockform double darkslides. Sold by Sands, Hunter & Co. Stand camera for 4 3/4 x 6 1/2 inch plates. Ensign Anastigmat lens, Series VIIN No 3, f/7.7-32, Serial No 171064. Thornton-Pickard roller blind Time & Inst shutter /15/40/90/T. Rack and pinion focusing on back and front, double extension. Swing back. Swing out focusing screen (glass missing). Reversible back. Pendulum and spirit levels. Sliding rising front. Serial No 7432F. With 3 blockform double darkslides.
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.
Glass bottle, part of cupping set
Glass bottle, stoppered, part of cupping set made by Arnold of London, 1878
Wrap reel/hank winder
Wrap reel/hank winder, made by John Nesbitt, Manchester, 1877.
Replica of a hobby-horse cycle
Copy of a hobby-horse cycle in the possession of the Duke of Northumberland.
Klein's electric hairbrush, late 1890s, in leather-cloth case with velvet lining
Sectioned toilet bowl model
Sectioned toilet bowl with lever valve and U-bend, marked 57. Yellow and white. Part of collection of small models of sanitary appliances, to be used for instruction in hygiene, in cabinet
Nimbus, or rain cloud
[Cloud modifications] / E Kenyon [Kennion] with Luke Howard. - n.d. [March 1849]. - one of 4 drawings: pen, watercolour, with white; 28x19cm or smaller; [Plate 5] Nimbus, or rain cloud. - Original studies of clouds "from nature" by Luke Howard, with landscapes by "Mr Kenyon". These were lithographed by EM Williams and printed by M&N Hanhart as illustrations for the 3rd edition of Howard's Essay on the Modifications of Clouds, 1865. The explanations of plates prefacing this edition are by "LH, March 1849" who gave "a number of sketches" to Kenyon. Clouds and landscapes of drawings 1 and 3 are closely related to engravings in Rees' Cyclopedia, dated (Science Museum copy) 1810 and 1820, after work by "E. Kennion" or E. Kennyon" ie, Edward Kennion (1744-1809). It is not known whether these watercolours were executed by 1809, by Edward Kennion using cloud sketches made by Luke Howard (1772-1864) during his most active time of cloud sketching and observation; or, whether Howard refers to Kennion's son Charles John (1789-1853), also an accomplished landscape artist, who may have worked with these sketches in 1849 or 180-. The watercolours are not dated, and more than one finished study may have been made by Howard from his sketchbooks, at any time 180- to 1849. nos. 1 and 4 together in frame 51x37.5x2.5cm.
Foucault Pendulum for demonstrating the Earth's rotation, 1883
Brass Foucault pendulum bob and suspension piece made respectively in the Physics Laboratory and Mechanical Laboratory of the Royal College of Science in 1883, with a divided brass arc on a wooden board with lapse time clock indicator dial and wooden bob stand made in the Science Museum workshop, 1928. Set up in a stair well in the Western Galleries [1883-1920s] and then the Science Museum [1920s-1988]
model ner tennant locomotive
Model steam locomotive, 1/17 scale, North Eastern Railway 2-4-0 `Tennant' No.1467, crude construction, c. 1890.
Flushing curette, Europe, 1871-1900
Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Contraception
Curette, flushing, Rheinstadter, steel, European, late 19th century
paper tensile tester
Pocket-sized paper tensile tester made in Germany and supplied by H.Bertram and Co., London.
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
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
Poured wax doll,with head turned to one side; inse
Materials Science Gallery
Poured wax doll,with head turned to one side; inset,large vivid blue glass eyes with inserted lashes, well shaped lips, eyebrows and long brown curled wig, on a fabric body with wax lower limbs, in a white lace trimmed gown.
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
Small wares loom, made by T. Larmuth & Co., Manchester, around 1860.
Model of Grew's locomotive for ice
model of Grew's locomotive for ice, 1861, scale 1:8. This model is of a second ice engine designed by Grew and built by Neilson & co. of Glasgow.
Scarificator from cupping set
Scarificator, brass, part of cupping set made by Arnold of London, 1878
Tailboard, North Eastern Railway
Locomotives and Rolling Stock Components
Tailboard, North Eastern Railway, "Train Following/Return to Saltburn No.5" (Oblong metal, c.1880)
Nickel-plated table telephone
Nickel-plated skeleton table telephone, made by L. M. Ericsson & Co., Stockholm, 1895, for the National Telephone Company.
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
Nested cupping glasses
Two nested cupping glasses, part of cupping set made by Arnold of London, 1878
Richardson's galvanic amulet against diseases
Richardson's galvanic amulet against diseases, copper, brass, steel, zinc and nickel(?), possibly USA, 1881-1900. PAT in US Feb 3 1880. R.D in Canda Feb 3 1881
Photographic print of early x-ray
Photographic print of early X-rays taken by E E Brooks (pocket watch with chain), 1896-1900.
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
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
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
Ceramic pot lid for Beddard's Belgravia tooth paste
Ceramic pot lid for Beddard's Belgravia tooth paste, supplied by John Beddard, London, 1860-1900
Bottle for tincture of cinchona
Bottle, clear glass with stopper, trace contents, for composite tincture of cinchona, English, late 19th century
Foot x-ray photograph by George Hugh Gabb
Foot x-ray photograph taken by George Hugh Gabb, 15 February 1896.
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.
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.
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.
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