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Alloy of 90 copper and 10 tin. A bronze
Alloy of 90 copper and 10 tin. A bronze
Casella-Miller Mercury Deep-Sea Thermometer, 1869-1872
Casella-Miller mercury deep sea thermometer, London, England, 1869-72. In copper case.
Stirn's waistcoat camera and neck cord
Flat circular camera, for 14cm diameter glass plate for six circular pictures, 4cm diameter. Rapid rectilinear lens, fixed focus and aperture. Rotating instantaneous shutter, wind on knob tension shutter. Containing original plate with neck cord and shutter release cord, plated finishes. C.P. Stirn, c.1891. Overall: 55 mm x 152 mm (dia.).
Oil jar, Egypt, 1580-1350BCE
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Earthenware oil jar, Egyptian, probably New Kingdom, 1580-1350BC
Medicine chest used by David Livingstone, Europe, 1860-1873
Materia Medica & Pharmacology
Medicine chest, used by Dr. David Livingstone (1813–1873) on his last journey, 1873, small, leather, with drugs, including some from Treacher of Bombay and Poona, in 17 glass bottles, a lancet, caustic pencil, one brass weight and a folded plaster, 1860-1873
Edison Kinetophone (or Phonokinetoscope)
Edison Kinetophone (or Phonokinetoscope); Kinetoscope with cylinder phonograph, an early attempt at creating a sound-film system; early motion picture exhibition device, designed for films to be viewed individually through an aperture on the top of the cabinet.
Werner Motor Cycle, 1899
Werner motor cycle, 1899. The engine is attached to the steering head and the petrol tank to the top frame and it is lightweight with a smoother drive due to the belt drive, however it was a little unstable due to its high centre of gravity.
Speigeleisen from Rudolf, Wolff and Co.
Speigeleisen from Rudolf, Wolff and Co.
Mechanical tilting bucket rain-gauge, 1890
Mechanical Dial rain gauge, zero setting, tipping-bucket type, by Negretti & Zambra, Holborn Circus & Viaduct, 45 Cornhill, London, 1890. Square receiver with collecting area of 64 square inches.
Ericsson Caloric Engine, c. 1869
Heat Engines (non steam)
Ericsson's hot air ( Caloric) engine, c. 1869, about 1 h.p., patented 1855, 15" diameter cylinder; piston stroke 6.75".
A G Thornton Limited
1880 - 1992
c.1880 -1992, stationers; scientific equipment manufacturer, Manchester, England
Saint's sewing machine, 1874.
Saint's chain stitch sewing machine made from drawings contained in a patent granted to Thomas Saint in 1790, by Newton Wilson and Co., 1874.
Coradi planimeter and map, 1886.
Planimeter (rolling type) by G. Coradi, Zurich, in case
Working model, of a pair of single horizontal cylinder engines, with steam jacketed cylinders as fitted on HMS 'Monarch' (1868)
Working model, scale 1:8, of a pair of single horizontal cylinder engines, with steam jacketed cylinders as fitted on HMS 'Monarch' (1868) on wood blocks, by Humphrys and Tennant, Chatham, Kent, England, 1868
Tri-unial magic lantern
Goodwin Norton Triple lantern. Triunial lantern for 3 1/2 x 3 1/4" slides; lower two lenses missing, 2 mixing, one blowthrough oxyhydrogen limelight jets; star mixers; with hydrogen and oxygen gauges by Beard; previously catalogued as 1990-5036/259. Two lenses missing. Donated by daughter of maker. This tri-unial lantern, used by the lanternist Charles Goodwin Norton, was possibly made by W Butcher & Sons. The projector is missing two of its three lenses , though it retains its oxyhydrogen limelight jets - two mixing, one blowthrough -, star mixers and hydrogen and oxygen gauges by Beard.
Magic lantern projector with s
Magic lantern projector with seven boxes of slides, made by Aubrey Franks Ltd, Manchester, c.1890.
Reis telephone, 1863.
Reis telephone consisting of a transmitter, receiver and a glass dome, made by J W Albert, Frankfurt, 1863
Allison's differential binaural stethoscope
Allison's differential binaural stethoscope by Weiss and Son, London, c. 1858, English
Pocket watch and stop watch
Lever escapement pocket watch beating tenths of a second, signed on the back plate 'Wm Williams 32 Rock St Bury. No 19289.' and on the dial 'PATENT No 4762 MARCH 26TH 1890 by WILLM. WILLIAMS BURY', in sterling silver case hallmarked at Chester in 1890, with winding square and hand adjusting square under the back cover. The watch has hour, minute, and small seconds hands, plus a centre seconds hand rotating once every two seconds. A stop mechanism acting directly on the balance wheel and operated by a slide on the side of the case allows use as a stopwatch.
Photographic negative of electrical discharge
Glass plate photographic negative of positive electrical discharge. Captured by Alan Archibald Swinton around 1892.
Whole rigged model of the clipper ship 'Stonehouse'
1866 (original) 1871 (model); 1906 (rigging modified)
Whole rigged model, scale 1:48, of the sailing clipper ship 'Stonehouse', designed by Gilbert Row in 1863-1864 and built by John Smurthwaite at Pallion Shipyard, Tyne and Wear, England, 1866, later renamed the 'Fanny', made by 1871, masts, rigging and sails by the Museum in 1906.
Edison "Home" phonograph, Model A with accessories, 1898
Edison "Home" phonograph, Model A, including horn, one "model C" reproducer, one "Edison automatic" reproducer, one recorder, and set of hearing tubes.
Tonsil guillotine, Paris, France, 1866-1870
Tonsil guillotine, steel and ivory, by Robert and Collin, c.1870
Marks Tey Station With Mr L Sydney Bracher
A photograph entitled 'Marks Tey Station With Mr L. Sydney Bracher', taken by Edgar Tarry Adams in June 1899. Mr Bracher, probably a friend of Adams, is captured smoking his pipe and tipping his straw boater at the camera at the station in Essex.
Willans Three-crank High Speed Steam Engine, 1884
Willans 3-cylinder high speed compound engine, no. 369, 1884
Modern Vivex colour print made from negatives of Clerk Maxwell
c. 1930s (original 1861)
Modern "Vivex" colour print (c. 1930s) made from what is believed to be the first set of tri-colour separation negatives made, i.e. those of James Clerk Maxwell of 1861.
Original Porro telescope (Prism Monocular) by J. G
Original Porro telescope (Prism Monocular) by J. G. Hofmann of Paris, in pocket case. Engraved " L'Institut d'Optique de J. G. Hofmann, Paris
Part of 35mm film Sea Waves at Dover (Rough Sea at Dover)
Part of original 35mm print (7 feet) positive film, "Sea Waves at Dover", made by Birt Acres in 1895. also known as 'Rough Sea at Dover'.
North Eastern Railway, locomotive 1621
Locomotives and Rolling Stock
Steam locomotive and tender, North Eastern Railway, 4-4-0 No.1621, designed by Wilson Worsdell, built at Gateshead in 1893, withdrawn in 1945.
Fort Mex, Alexandria
A photograph entitled 'Fort Mex, Alexandria', taken by N Cornianus in November 1882. The photograph shows damaged artillery on the walls of Fort Mex in Alexandria Harbour, Egypt.
Specimen of artificial silk
Early specimen of artificial silk made by Sir Joseph Swan, 1883; crocheted/embroidered by Lady Swan to form a border to a handkerchief, for display at Exhibition of Inventions, London 1885.
Thomas Armstrong and Brother
1868 - 1968
active 1868-1968, optical instrument maker; clock maker, Manchester, England
J Halden and Company Limited
1878 - 1969
1878-1969, mathematical & scientific instrument maker, Manchester & London, England
W G Pye and Company Limited
1896 - 1947
1896-1947, scientific instrument and radio manufacturer, Cambridge
Painting, Isaac Newton (1642-1727) / Thomas Oldham Barlow (1824-1889), 1863. Copied from the original of 1689 by Sir Godfrey Kneller (1646/9-1723). Oil on canvas; 74 x 62 cm or 90 x 78 x 7 cm in gilt frame. Inscribed recto: l., ISAACVS NEWTONVS. ; r., Godfrey Kneller f. 1689. Inscribed verso: Copied from the original picture by permission of Lord Portsmouth. Thomas Oldham Barlow 1863. Portrait, HS, looking slightly to r.; natural hair, shirt open at neck, brown gown loosely wrapped, r. hand resting over l. arm.
Watkin type clinometer, British, 1895
Watkin type clinometer, cased, with extra spirit level, made by Elliott Brothers, Strand, London, England, 1895
Kineograph 'Windmill' Flicker Book
Flicker book windmill; illustration used by John Linnett in original patent application. One of two flicker books, Linnett's patent.
Crossley Brothers Atmospheric Gas Engine
Vertical single-cylinder atmospheric gas engine, made by Crossley Brothers Ltd, Openshaw, Manchester, c.1874. No 1224. Two flywheel cylinder atmospheric free piston gas engine. Two flywheels with ratchet gear on driving shaft which allows the piston and rack to be blown up by the expulsion of gas in the cylinder, and the piston falling by vacuum and its own weight, drives the flywheels as the ratchet engines. This was the first type of internal combustion engine to compress the explosive mixture before firing it. Label embossed on engine shaft: "Otto Langen & Crossley's Patents Crossley Bros Manchester Sole English & Colonial Makers".
"Actinograph" exposure calculator, made by Hurter & Driffield.
Rain-gauge, by George James Symons, 1860-1899
Rain-gauge with scale to 10 labelled SD, by George James Symons, with cylindrical leather carrying case, Britain, 1860-1899
Ereiniog prepared peat, from Portmadoc, and specimen of charcoal
Ereiniog prepared peat, from Portmadoc, and specimen of charcoal made from the same, examined by R. Smith, 1875, This peat yields on an average 27.8 percent charcoal
Shaping Attachment for a Combination Machine (lath
Hand and Machine Tools
Shaping Attachment for a Combination Machine (lathe, drill-press and shaping machine &c.) by Henry Smith Frost.
Recording rain gauge by Negretti and Zambra
Recording rain gauge by Negretti and Zambra, 1897.
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.
Photograph of positive electrical discharge
Photograph of positive electrical discharge. Captured by Alan Archibald Swinton around 1892.
Three-wheeled motor car
Benz 3 wheeled motor car, sent in 1888 by Karl Benz from Mannheim to Emile Roger in Paris in "kit" form and where it was assembled and by Roger in 1888. It is reputed to be the oldest petrol-engined car in the UK and the fifth oldest commercially produced car in the world.