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Experimental microphones with carbon pencils and cups, 1878-1890
Three experimental microphones consisting of carbon pencils resting in carbon cups, probably made by David Edward Hughes, England, 1878-1890.
Thomson (Lord Kelvin) double curb transmitter, 1858
Thomson's double curb transmitter, probably made by William Thomson (Baron Kelvin), British, 1858
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.
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.
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
Nickel-plated table telephone
Nickel-plated skeleton table telephone, made by L. M. Ericsson & Co., Stockholm, 1895, for the National Telephone Company.
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
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
Surgical instrument from post-mortem set
Anatomy & Pathology
Possibly a chisel, with wooden scale tong handle, part of post-mortem set by S. Maw and Son, English, 1860-1870
Straight spectacles with bifocal perfection lenses
Straight spectacles, bifocal perfection lenses, steel wire, English, c. 1890
Magneto HMT wall telephone
Magneto HMT wall telephone, made by L. M. Ericsson and Co. of Stockholm in Sweden in around 1890.
Ottawa & Gatineau Valley Railway commemorative salver
Miscellanea & Curiosities
Commemorative salver, electroplated nickel silver, Ottawa & Gatineau Valley Railway, engraved ‘Presented to Mr and Mrs John Rowley from Mr Rowley’s fellow employees on the O and G.V.RY as a token of the high esteem in which he is held. By those who have been engaged with him in the building of the Road, November 14th 1893’, made by Simpson, Hall, Miller & Company, quadruple plate, 619mm x 414mm x 44mm.
Pocket-sized obstetrical forceps
Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Contraception
Forceps, obstetrical, pocket-sized, Chassagny, steel and brass, chromium plated and gilt, by Collin of Paris, from Charriere, Collin and Gentile collection, 1864 to 1900
Gower-Bell wall telephone
Gower-Bell wall telephone with transmitter made by David Moseley & Sons, Manchester, c.1880.
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
Filings coherer, glass tube bent at 45-degree angle at one end to form side-pocket, 1898
Filings coherer, glass tube bent at 45-degree angle at one end to form side-pocket, designed or used by Sir Oliver Lodge, England, 1898. Paper label stuck round tube marked in handwriting ’15 / Dec 23 / 1898’.
Pair of bowel scissors
Anatomy & Pathology
Bowel scissors, part of post-mortem set by S. Maw and Son, English, 1860-1870
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
Wrap reel/hank winder
Wrap reel/hank winder, made by John Nesbitt, Manchester, 1877.
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
Spectacle frame part of Lennox Browne's laryngoscope set
Lennox Browne's laryngoscope with mirrors, by Brady and Martin, Newcastle-on-Tyne, 1879-1900
Early binaural stethoscope
Early binaural stethoscope, by W.F. Ford, Caswell Hazard and Co., New York, American, 1861-1886.
Stuffed "princely Mastigure" lizard amulet
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
Stuffed "princely Mastigure" lizard with amuletic inscription on underbelly, hung over entrance door as protection against the "evil eye", North African, 1851-1900
Wise's patent train staff
Signalling & Telecommunications
Single line staff and a set of two keys, Wise's patent, 1886. The staff is engraved 'A to B' and 'B to A'.
Signal block bell, South Eastern Railway
Signalling & Telecommunications
Block bell, No 397, enamel plate attached reads "Train Signal System adopted by the South Eastern Railway Co, Charles Walker FRS Invent. International Exhibition 1862, Honorable Mention".
Miniature terrestrial globe by J. Manning. Late 19
Miniature terrestrial globe by J. Manning. Late 19th century
filings coherer, small glass tube with bulb at one end and cap of red sealing wax at other end, 1898
Filings coherer, small glass tube with bulb at one end and cap of red sealing wax at other end, designed or used by Sir Oliver Lodge, England 1898
Lenoir's gas engine, 1860
Heat Engines (non steam)
Two-stroke double-acting single cylinder gas engine, patented by Jean Joseph Etienne Lenoir, France, 1860, and made by Reading Iron Works Limited, Reading, Berkshire, England, 1865. The first internal-combustion engine to be offered for sale, in 1860, Lenoir's engine was an ancestor of the engines in all road vehicles. The engine worked very like a simple double-acting steam-engine. At each stroke gas and air were drawn into the cylinder and fired by an electric spark; on the return stroke the burnt gases were flushed out. Several hundred of these engines were sold, and this one is a very rare survivor. It had been used to drive machinery in the workshop of the Patent Museum for about three years.
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
Poster for Magni & C. Vicenza, printed by G Ricordi & C Milano c1900
Poster, coloured lithograph, for Magni & C. Vicenza, printed by G Ricordi & C Milano c1900. On two sheets, image 98.5x71cm and text 52x72cm, together overlapping to150x72cm. [for long term preservation each part is conserved and edged, and framed separately]. Image of sower in field, sunburst; artist's name [I or M Beltrame?] br. Text panel advertising supplies and chemicals for agricultural purposes. Image frame, 107.5x78.5x2cm; text frame, 58.7x79.5x2cm.
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.
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)