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Penknife with three blades and a corkscrew, owned by William Marwood: executioner
Penknife with three blades and a corkscrew, personal relic of W. Marwood, steel, English ( ?), 1870-1880
Model of street-sweeping machine.
Model of a street-sweeping machine, unsigned, United Kingdom, 1850-1857
Photographic print of early x-ray
Photographic print of early X-ray taken by E E Brooks (plaice), 1896-1900.
Chisels, part of post-mortem set
Anatomy & Pathology
Chisels, part of post-mortem set by S. Maw and Son, English, 1860-1870
Saw from post-mortem set
Anatomy & Pathology
Post mortem saw blade, part of post-mortem set by S. Maw and Son, English, 1860-1870
Hand-held stereoscopic viewer, made in the USA by an unkown maker in around 1896.
A Wrench-Darling Cinematograph, a combined camera, printer and projector, made in 1897-8.
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.
General Post Office high-speed paper-tape telegraph transmitter, c.1880.
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
Printing & Writing
Square-base linecasting machine with motor, made by the Linotype Company Ltd, Manchester, c.1892.
Handheld granular carbon telephone transmitter, made by David Moseley & Sons, Manchester, c.1880.
Marr handheld telephone transmitter, made by David Moseley & Sons, Manchester, c.1880.
Fabric bolt end
Fabric bolt end, made by Spruce Manufacturing Co. Ltd, Manchester.
Brass lamp, part of cupping set
Brass lamp, 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
Thomson's (Lord Kelvin) First Tide Predicting Machine, 1876
(Lord Kelvin) William Thomson's first tide-predicting machine, 1876. Built by A. Légé & Co., 20 Cross Street, Hatton Gardens, London.
Tongue depressor, steel, by Maw of London, second half 19th century
Atlantic cable specimen, 1865
Specimen of 1865 Atlantic cable, made by the Telegraph Construction and Maintenance Company, Greenwich, London, England, 1865
Straight spectacles with folding lenses
Straight spectacles, eye preservers, white metal with tinted folding lenses, English, 1851-1900
Pendant in form of plastic model of "Heinz" gherkin
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
Pendant in form of green plastic model of "Heinz" pickled gherkin, brass suspension loop in centre, United States, 1885-1895
Filings coherer, glass tube formed into bulbs at each end at right angles, 1899
Filings coherer, glass tube formed into bulbs at each end at right angles, designed or used by Sir Oliver Lodge, England, 1899. Paper label stuck round tube marked ’16 / Jan 3 / 1899’
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
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
Model steam locomotive, spirit fired live steam 'dribbler' 3
Model steam locomotive, spirit fired live steam 'dribbler' 3 inch gauge, Stevens' Model Dockyard 2-2-2.
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
Bust of Robert Stephenson, English mechanical and civil engineer, 1859.
"Parian Ware" bust, 15" high, of Robert Stephenson
Caricature showing a publican's dilemma during a cholera epidemic, Europe, c. 1854
Print. lithograph, some col, caricaturing precautions in a cholera epidemic [c1840-1865]. 1. 'Fearing the spread of the cholera' (gin drinkers beware, publican's dilemma), image 10x7cm edged to 12x9cm. Framed with /2 and /3, 52x21x2cm
Poster advertising lectures on phrenology, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, England, 1851
Lectures on phrenology, physiology, etc. April 3-10 1851. On yellow paper, 58x23cm. In frame, 64x28.5x2cm.
Going North, King's Cross Station
Pictorial Collection (Railway)
Painting, oil on canvas, Going North, King's Cross Station, by George Earl, 1893. Depicts a busy platform scene at Kings Cross Station as a train of East Coast Joint Stock carriages is prepared for departure. One carriage has a destination board for Edinburgh and Perth "via the Forth Bridge", another for Aberdeen "via the Forth & Tay Bridges" and the third for Perth. There are groups of passengers and their servants, including a ghillie, Indian ayah, grooms and footmen. A soldier kisses his wife goodbye. There are about twenty hunting dogs, including spaniels, setters and pointers, and the luggage includes fishing tackle, golf clubs, guns and other sporting equipment. Station staff adjust the oil lamps, carry luggage and assist crowds of passengers. Beneath the curve of the train shed roof are advertisements for the Daily Telegraph and Van Houten's Cocoa, and Pears Soap featuring "Bubbles" by Millais. Signed and dated by the artist at bottom right. Framed and glazed.
'Over London-by Rail', engraving, London, England, 1872
Wood engraving from 'London: a pilgrimage', by Gustave Dore, 1872. Signed in the block blc: Over London - by Rail. Depicting [East End] tenements, washing in back gardens, chimney pots, railway in distance.
Bust of George Stephenson, English railway engineer, 1859
"Parian Ware" bust, 15" high, of George Stephenson
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.
Model (scale 1:4) of pair of "Janney" couplings; model (scale 1:8) old pattern couplings
Model (scale 1:4) of pair of "Janney" couplings; model (scale 1:8) old pattern couplings, invented by Eli Janney, USA, 1873.
model sykes lock and block signalling system
Demonstration model of Sykes lock and block system, 1875, with glazed shade.
James Watt and the Steam Engine Print
Print. Engraving with mezzotint, [James Watt and the Steam Engine]. Engraved by James Scott, 1860, after painting by James Eckford Lander [ie, Lauder]. Trimmed
Design for a mirror back in ivoride
Drawing, design for a mirror back / unsigned, n.d. [187-]. Pen and ink, 22.5x7cm. [Daniel Spill Ivoride Works]. Pattern of vine and grapes, centre quatrefoil framework tracery surrounding heraldic shield and chevrons. Verso has pencil outline and start of design. [product size 1?]. In frame with others, 56.5x54x2cm
Operative Society of Bricklayers
Engraving, some colour: [Membership Certificate] Operative Society of Bricklayers. Designed by A.J. Waudby. [c1866-1870?]. The figures Engraved by C.H. Jeens. Engraved by J.H. Le Keux. Printed by Bradbury, Wilkinson & Co. Farringdon Road, London EC. Issued Leighton Buzzard branch, March 1887. Platemark 58x45.7cm, sheet 69.5x51cm. Trade Union emblem with figures, inset scenes of gauge work, brick laying, brick making, assorted tools and props. In frame 74.5x56.5x2cm
A steam hammer at work
James Hall Nasmyth
Painting. [A steam hammer at work] / by James Nasmyth (1808-1890), 1871. Oil on board; 40 x 50 cm, in gilt frame 52x62x6cm. Initialled and dated bl, J.N. 1871. This is an apotheosis of the artist-engineer's invention of 1839 as a triumph of civil engineering. Inside a foundry works, the large steam hammer is shaping a massive iron bar before it can be rolled onto a plate. Possibly the sketch exhibited at a Conversazione of the Institution of Civil Engineers on 1871 June 6, item 46, and painted at their request. Steel-making
View of the Britannia Tubular Bridge
Lithograph, coloured. View of the Britannia Tubular Bridge (opened 1850) over the Menai Strait, with the road Suspension Bridge of 1826 in background. [c1850]. Overall: trimmed to 27x46cm. Shipping below bridge includes paddlesteamer. In frame 42x60.5x2cm
South-East View of Sheffield
Chromolithograph. South East View of Sheffield. Lithographed by T. Picken after W. Ibbitt, printed by Day & Son, [London]. Published April 7th 1855 by W. Ibbitt, 152 Broad Lane, Sheffield. Image 38x68.5cm on sheet 50x77cm. signed in stone brc W Ibbitt/55. Industrial cityscape with smoking chimneys, canal staithes and barges, workmen on break, women washday, mine heads, civic pride. In frame 66x90x2cm
model steam locomotive
Model steam locomotive, 1/16 scale, North Eastern Railway 2-4-0 'Tennant' No.1463, c.1890.
York apprentices model train - North Eastern Railway
Model steam train, 1/8 scale, comprising model steam locomotive, North Eastern Railway 2-2-2 No.9, Jenny Lind type, wood; model railway carriage, North Eastern Railway 4-wheeled 2nd class, and North Eastern Railway 4-wheeled `birdcage' parcel brake van, reputedly made at the Railway Carriage Shops at York and is said to have been carried in procession round the City by railwaymen to celebrate the inauguration of a nine-hour working day which came into force in 1872.
model ner tennant locomotive
Model steam locomotive, 1/17 scale, North Eastern Railway 2-4-0 `Tennant' No.1467, crude construction, c. 1890.
Engraving of Theory of pulleys (Theorie elementaire des Poulies)
Engraving, coloured. [Theory of pulleys] = Theorie elementaire des Poulies.. Noeuds employes dans la Marine et dans l'Industrie. Grave sur acier par Langevin; Impe par Fosset... Maison Basset..., Paris. [1850-1860?]. Book plate [two page spread] illustrating 50 assorted knots, 37 pulleys and 20 other assemblages, with key diagrams. Sheet 55x71.5cm. In frame 72.5x86x3cm
Drawing, design for a mirror back / unsigned, n.d.
Drawing, design for a mirror back / unsigned, n.d. [187-]. Pencil with monochrome wash, with white, 25x11cm on paper 28.5x20cm. Pictorial scene of rock waterfall on handle; Venus in shell. Pencilled inscription to right of handle 'rough sketch of size No. 3 mirror back'. Verso pencil outline. Pin holes at each corner. [Daniel Spill Ivoride Works]. In frame with others, 56.5x54x2cm
'The British Nave' at the Great Exhibition of 1851
Print. Chromolithograph, 'The British Nave', Plate 3 (Proof) of a set of four large prints commemorating the Opening of the Great Exhibition of 1851, [after paintings by Joseph Nash]. Printed and published by Dickinson Brothers, New Bond Street. . Image 54.5x75cm on card 71x88cm. Signed Joseph Nash in ink on lower left edge of image. View of the Western or British Nave looking East, with long panorama of structure and layout of main avenue. In centre above horse's head is dioptric revolving lighthouse reflector mechanism by Chance Brothers & Co; then Seeley fountain; large Ross telescope; Coalbrookdale Dome. Large case on foreground left with model of Liverpool docks, beside cotton and beneath Philosophical and electric displays. Banners hang from balconies with arms of cities of Britain: York is nearest on right. Queen Victoria with Prince Albert and family are being escorted through on tour; guests and visitors stand watching and waiting. In frame, 84x100x2cm