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Early submarine cables and grapnel, 1858-1866.
Glazed case (no glass) containing specimens of submarine cables etc:- viz: (a) two specimens of shore end and two specimens of main cable of each of Atlantic cables, 1858, 1865 and 1866; (b) two specimens of grapnel rope used in recovery of 1865 cable; (c) two specimens of 1865 cable recovered; (d) model of grapnel used in recovery of 1865 cable
Hank Winding Machine
Cop-reel hank-winding machine, made by Platt Brothers & Co. Ltd, Oldham, 1897.
Cloth tape measure
Hand and Machine Tools
One flexible, cloth tape measure on reel with measurements in feet and inches one side and links on other, enclosed in leather case, made by John Rabone, Birmingham. Sold under the trade name of 'Hockley Abbey', the tape measure comes from a shipwright's tool chest dated to the 1850s.
NER 0-6-0 '1001' class steam locomotive and tender, No 1275, 1874
Locomotives and Rolling Stock
Steam locomotive and tender, No 1275, Class 1001 long boiler, 0-6-0, built for North Eastern Railway, designed by William Booch who developed Stephenson’s original ‘long boiler’ design, built at Dubs & Co. Glasgow in 1874, withdrawn in 1923. Length over buffers: 48' 6"; weight: 35 tons; driving wheels 5 feet, 6 inches.
Ribbon loom with jacquard head
Ribbon loom, made by T. F. Wilkinson & Co. Ltd, Coventry, c.1900. Fitted on the top with Jacquard head made by J. McMurdo Ltd, Manchester. Used at Cash's ribbon manufacturers in Coventry.
borough market junction signal box
Signalling & Telecommunications
Signal box, South Eastern Railway, ex Borough Market Junction, London Bridge. Built in 1895 to standard South Eastern Railway design. Equiped with Westinghouse K frame in 1928. Closed in 1976, when London Bridge power box was opened.
Bullion box containing lead shot
Miscellanea & Curiosities
Bullion Box, South Eastern Railway, box containing lead shot from Great Gold Robbery from London - Paris via Folkestone train on 15 May 1855.
Architect's model of S&J Watts' warehouse
Architecht's model of S & J Watts' warehouse, made around 1850.
Scale drawing of Nottingham Water Works Engine House, England, 1851-1860
[Engineering drawing] Nottingham Water Works. No. 12. Longitudinal Section of Engine House; Transverse Section of Boiler House / [T. Hawksley & Co. Line drawing with colour wash. Scale 1/4" : 1'. This item is on SM transparency BUI/C000013]
Bell telephone, mahogany case, 1878
Bell telephone receiver, mahogany case, made by the India Rubber, Gutta-Percha and Telegraph Works Company Limited, Silvertown, Newham, London, England, 1878. Handle stamped '7082' and the 'crossed telephones' trade mark. One of the earliest Bell telephones to be made in England.
Braiding machine made around 1900, used at Croft Mill, Manchester.
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'.
Brake composite/observation saloon
Locomotives and Rolling Stock
Railway carriage, Lynton & Barnstaple Railway, brake composite/observation. Saloon, No 6992, built 1897, (narrow gauge).
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
Cast iron Columbian printing press
Printing & Writing
Columbian hand printing press; cast iron with eagles and serpents moulded into casting. Lever operated, and painted black.
Water pipe from Water Street, Manchester
Water Supply & Sanitation
Cast iron water pipe taken from Water Street; probably dates from the late 1890s; extracted by United Utilities during water pipe replacement which took place in Manchester City Centre 2007-2009
Model paddle wheel engines of the SS 'Great Eastern'
Model paddle wheel engines of the "Great Eastern" steamship, 1858.
Print, 'Searching Fault' scene on 'Great Eastern' during the laying of the first Atlantic cable, 1865-1867
Coloured print of Robert Charles Dudley's 'Searching Fault' (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 print is 'Searching for a fault after recovery of the cable from the bed of the Atlantic July 31st'
Platt Brothers Notice
Metal notice made by Platt Brothers and Co. Ltd, Oldham, c.1899 regarding working hours.
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.
Lancashire loom, made by J. & R. Shorrock, Darwen, c.1880, and used at Pennington Mill, Leigh.
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
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.
sample of deep-sea section of first transatlantic cable, 1857-1858
Sample of deep-sea section of first transatlantic cable mounted on wooden presentation block, made by Glass, Elliot and Company, Greenwich, London, England, 1857-1858.
Single-lens Cine Camera by Louis Le Prince
Single-lens cinematograph camera, made by Louis Le Prince at Leeds in 1888.
Experimental microphone, 1878-1890
One experimental microphone consisting of one gas carbon pencil hanging horizontally in contact with one vertical gas carbon pencil, probably made by David Edward Hughes, England, 1878-1890
Embossing telegraph receiver 1878-1900
Embossing telegraph receiver, made by J. H. Bunnell and Co., New York, United States, 1878-1900
Great Western Railway locomotive headlamp
Locomotives and Rolling Stock Components
Locomotive headlamp, made by GWR , in commemoration of Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee, in 1897. The object is 31"x 9" and is finished on top with a crown.
Glass flask containing urine
Glass flask, containing urine, prepared by Lister, used in his experiments on putrefaction, from 1871-1877
National Telephone Company directory, 1898-1899
National Telephone Company UK telephone directory for 1898-9, published by the National Telephone Company, British, 1898-1899
Felt and Tarrant Comptometer, 1887.
Comptometer, early form (wooden box), 72 keys numbered, plate on top of box engraved " Trade Comptometer mark, Patd. July 19th 1887, Oct 11th 1887, Jan 8th 1889, June 11th 1889, Nov 25th 1890, Dec 15th 1891, Felt & Tarrant Manufacturing Co., Chicago"
Model vertical cylinder fire engine
Working model of a vertical cylinder steam fire engine, (scale 1:48)
Model of the ‘Optimus’ water closet, England
Model of the 'Optimus' patent water closet, invented by Stevens Hellyer and made by Dent & Hellyer Limited, British, 1870
polarized 'guillotine' relay, 1862-1866
Polarized 'guillotine' relay, designed by W Andrews, England, 1862-1866.
Wax portrait of Benjamin Lewis Vulliamy (1780 – 1854)
Wax portrait of Benjamin Lewis Vulliamy (1780-1854) by Richard Cockle Lucas 1851
Isambard Kingdom Brunel, English civil engineer, mid-19th century.
Plaster bust of Isambard Kingdom Brunel
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
submarine cable laid across the River Medina, 1878
Submarine telegraph cable laid across the River Medina, Isle of Wight, 1878, recovered 1977. Believed used in A.G. Bell's telephone experiment between Cowes and Osborne House.
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
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
Large pear shaped x-ray tube of form originally used by Prof. Röntgen, manufactured in Germany about 1896. Inside of glass at end of tube eroded by bringing cathode rays to a focus with a magnet; on stand.
Silver thimble, used to pass a current through the 1866 Transatlantic cable, 1860-1866
Silver thimble, unknown maker, probably Ireland, 1860-1866. Originally owned by Miss Emily FitzGerald and by means of which an electric current was sent through the two Atlantic telegraph cables in 1866
Henley needle galvanometer, 1855-1860
Henley needle galvanometer used in receiving the first telegraphic message transmitted across the Atlantic Ocean, made by W T Henley, British, around 1858.
Fowler's phrenological head
Psychology, Psychiatry & Anthropometry
Fowler's phrenological head, 19th century, English, 1860-1896
Sunglasses with dark blue lenses
Sunglasses, straight arms, silver, dark blue lenses, English, 1860-1900