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Close, No 31 Saltmarket
A photograph entitled 'Close, No. 31 Saltmarket', taken by Thomas Annan in 1868. A lone figure leans against the wall of one of the tenement buildings in this dark close.
Close, No 148 High Street
A photograph entitled 'Close, No. 148 High Street', taken by Thomas Annan in 1868. The photograph shows a narrow close off the High street in Glasgow.
Yuen Fu Rapid
A photograph entitled 'Yuen Fu Rapid', taken by John Thomson, c. 1871. The photograph shows rapids on the River Min, China.
The Altar of Heaven
A photograph entitled 'The Altar of Heaven', taken by John Thomson, c. 1871. The photograph shows a scared site in the mountains above the River Min in China.
Close, No 28 Saltmarket
A photograph entitled 'Close, No. 28 Saltmarket', taken by Thomas Annan in 1868. Two men stand and watch the photographer whilst children sit on the floor around them. Saltmarket Street crosses the High Street in the east end of Glasgow.
Scene from 'The Adventures of Baron Münchausen', Royal Polytechnic Institution lantern slide
A hand-painted, large format magic lantern slide depicting a scene from ‘The Adventures of Baron Münchausen’, painted by an unknown artist and shown at the Royal Polytechnic Institution, London. One of a collection of 27 hand painted magic lantern slides.
Magic lantern slide: Exploding pie
A magic lantern slipping slide showing an exploding pie, made by an unknown artist in 1870. The slide shows a man carrying a pie that has exploded to reveal its contents - a cat and a dog. The first slide in the pair shows the man carrying the pie before it exploded.
Magic lantern slide: Woman with crinoline frame
A magic lantern slipping slide showing a woman wearing a crinoline frame, made by an unknown artist in 1870. The first slide in this pair show the woman wearing a full skirt, when the slide is moved the skirt disappears to reveal her crinoline frame and petticoat.
Ali Alum, Royal Polytechnic Institution lantern slide
A hand-painted, large format magic lantern slide depicting a scence from the fairy tale 'Ali Alum', painted by an unknown artist and shown at the Royal Polytechnic Institution, London in about 1860. One of a collection of 27 hand painted magic lantern slides.
Magic lantern slide: Dancer on a tightrope
A magic lantern slipping slide of a dancer on a tightrope, made by an unknown artist in the 19th century. The other slide shows the dancer facing the other way.
Magic lantern slide: Two boys and a cracker
A magic lantern slipping slide showing two boys and a cracker, made by an unknown artist in 1870. The slide shows two boys, each holding the end of a huge cracker. The second part of this slide shows the cracker exploding leaving one boy on his back and the other nowhere to be seen.
Betts' portable terrestrial globe
One of two Betts portable terrestrial globes by John Betts, Strand, London
Coal from Novelle, Switzerland, presented by McDou
Coal from Novelle, Switzerland, presented by McDougal Smith, 1865
Nursing & Hospital Furnishings
Breast pump by S.Maw and Son, 1860-1870, in box
Patent model of orrery planetary mechanism, 1865
Patent model of improved orrery by John G. Moore of Philadelphia, US Patent 51072 dated 21st November 1865, with original tag.
Two parts of Beckley recording rain gauge, numbere
Two parts of Beckley recording rain gauge, numbered 2. Part 1, copper tube with float vessel and eye cup, part 2 very heavy iron frame carrying chart, Kew Observatory
Bottle, clear glass, empty, label missing, origina
Bottle, clear glass, empty, label missing, originally for essence of lemon, USA, 1862-1863
Copper from Corsica, from the French Department of
Copper from Corsica, from the French Department of the Exhibition of 1862
Case of galvanocautery instruments
Case of Middelsdorpf galvanocautery instruments, about 1870
Collodion print mounted on album page, by Julia Margaret Cameron, titled "The Affianced". Portrait of Henry John Stedman Cotton and Mary Ryan, July 1867. Title, date, and photographer's signature in ink on front. "Sir Henry & Lady Cotton Mary Ryan 1 month before their marriage" written in pencil on verso.
Medal commemorating Thomas Graham
Coins, Medals & Tokens
Silver tone [plated metal] medallion with glass cover and Parkesine mount commemorating the birth Dec 21st 1805 and death Sept 16th 1869 of Thomas Graham. / J.W. Minton Sc. [1869-70?]. diameter 45mm, in mount diameter 58mm. obverse only, Head to L relief profile, signed below
Gold medal presented to Sir Henry Bessemer by the Emperor Napoleon III in 1867
Coins, Medals & Tokens
Gold medal (French) presented to Sir Henry Bessemer (1813-1898) in 1867. 68mm diameter, in red case 10x10x1cm [lid broken away from base]. rim legend: OR. obverse: EXPOSITION UNIVERSELLE DE MDCCCLXVII Á PARIS. GRAND PRIX. Two putti hold panel enscribed BESSEMER with laurel wreath above. exergue: H. PONSCARME F. reverse: NAPOLEON III EMPEREUR ; H. PONSCARME F. ; relief head profile to Left with laurel wreath and goatee beard
Dark blue glass shop round, 1862-1865.
Materia Medica & Pharmacology
Bottle, dark blue glass, with contents, for mercury pills, English, late 19th century
Model to Demonstrate Combination of Tidal Constituents, 1872
William Thomson's (later Lord Kelvin) original model for a tide predicting machine, Thomson, Baron Kelvin, William, United Kingdom, 1872.
Display case with samples of cinchona succiruba bark, England, 1870
Materia Medica & Pharmacology
Specimens of cinchona succirubra bark, from Darjeeling, India, cased, from first consignment on open market, Howard collection, dated 1870
Stone slab with seven holes for cosmetic ointments, Egypt, 1991-1786 BCE
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Aragonite slab with 7 holes for cosmetic ointments, each labelled in hieroglyphics, Egyptian, 1991BC-1786BC
Gas Bunsen Burner, 1860-1874
Gas bunsen burner with rose jet, unsigned, English, 1860-1874.
Ship's biscuit, England, 1875
Ship's biscuit, intact, belonging to ship's carpenter on Nares' expedition to Arctic, 1875
Section of the tree under which Livingstone's viscera were buried, Africa, 1873
Section of the tree under which Livingstone's viscera were buried in 1873, Zambia
Broca-type goniometer for measuring the angles of the face, France, 1865-1875
Psychology, Psychiatry & Anthropometry
Goniometer, Broca, boxwood, probably French, from Charriere, Collin and Gentile collection, c. 1870
Isabella and Clementina Hawarden
Albumen print of a woman lying on couch, with another woman standing behind couch. A photograph of Isabella (b. 1846) and Clementina Hawarden (b. 1847) taken by their mother Clementina, Lady Hawarden, in about 1863.
Post-mortem set in wooden case
Anatomy & Pathology
Post mortem set, cased, by S. Maw and Son, English, 1860-1870
Memorial stele to the doorkeepr Ruma
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Memorial stele to the doorkeepr Ruma, showing his withered right leg, plaster copy of Egyptian original, 2000-1001BC. Made in Dantes Plad in Copenhagen (Denmark).
'The Goblin Court', Royal Polytechnic Institution lantern slide
A hand-painted, large format magic lantern slide, painted by W R Hill and shown at the Royal Polytechnic Institution, London over Christmas 1875. This slide is from 'Gabriel Grub and the Grim Goblin' a production based on 'The Story of The Goblin Who Stole A Sexton' by Charles Dickens which appeared in 'The Pickwick Papers'.
Parker's Prestometer Tablet, mid 19th century
Calculating Rule 'Parker's Prestometer Tablet', c.1860 by Isaac Aston, London.
Maximum Mercury Thermometer by Pastorelli & Co., 1875
Maximum mercury thermometer, restricted tube type, oak frame by Pastorelli & Co., 208 Piccadilly, London, 1875.
Beale type self-illuminating ophthalmoscope, London, England, 1870
Beale's self-illuminating ophthalmoscope, by Hawkesley, London, 1870
Harrison Flat-Bed Knitting Machine
Flat-bed knitting machine made by Harrison Knitting Machine Company Limited.
Scientific Instruments & Research
Binocular compound microscope by J.B. Dancer.
Model of Grimston's twine-balling machine
Model of Grimston's twine-balling machine, patented in 1860.
Square pavement brick from Babylonia (Southern Iraq), 2nd millennium BC.
Square pavement brick from Babylonia (Southern Iraq), 2nd millennium BC
Engraved Copper Plate for Map Printing, 1866
Printing & Writing
Engraved copper plate for map printing
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.
Captain Speedy And The Little Prince Alamayou Of Abyssinia
Albumen print by Julia Margaret Cameron, c 1868: Captain Speedy and Dejatch Alamayou. Mounted on secondary support of machine-made card. A photographic portrait of Captain Tristram Charles Sawyer Speedy (Basha Felika) (1808-1881) and Dejatch Alamayou, KingTheodore of Abysinia's son (1861-1879), taken by Julia Margaret Cameron in 1868 at Freshwater.
Gettysburg 1st day...
A photograph of dead soldiers on the battlefield at Gettysburg in Pennsylvania, America, by Alexander Gardener (1821-1882) from a negative produced by Timothy H O'Sullivan (1840-1882) in July 1863. This photograph is from an album entitled 'Canada and the United States.1867' by John Downes Rochfort (1825-1885), who toured Canada and America in 1867. The Battle of Gettysburg was one of the bloodiest of the American Civil War, with over 50,000 men killed or wounded during three days of fighting.
Gettysburg. The summit of Little Round Top Hill
A photograph of the Union defensive position at Little Round Top on the battlefield at Gettysburg in Pennsylvania, America, by Alexander Gardener (1821-1882) from a negative produced by Timothy H O'Sullivan (1840-1882) in July 1863. This photograph is from an album entitled 'Canada and the United States.1867' by John Downes Rochfort (1825-1885), who toured Canada and America in 1867.
My Son Eugene Of The RA', about 1867
Photograph entitled 'My Son Eugene Of The RA' taken by Julia Margaret Cameron in about 1867. Albumen contact print from wet collodion negative. This photographic portrait of Eugene Cameron (1840-1885) forms part of the Herschel Album, created by Cameron for her friend Sir John Herschel (1792-1871). Eugene was the eldest of Cameron's five sons. He joined the Royal Artillery at the age of fourteen.