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Model of a North Eastern Railway coal wagon, c 1915
Model wagon, 7 1/4" gauge, North Eastern Railway, 20 Ton Coal Hopper Wagon, No 62782, built Shildon, c1915, From Central Wagon Control, York.
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
Anatomical model of the spine
Anatomy & Pathology
Anatomical model of the spine, papier mâché, in two parts, labelled, by Dr. Auzoux, French, 1901.
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'.
Brunton type auriscope by Mayer and Meltzer, London, 1874-1914
Hank Winding Machine
Cop-reel hank-winding machine, made by Platt Brothers & Co. Ltd, Oldham, 1897.
Hand and Machine Tools
model of a Garrett saw bench with a safety guard designed by J. B. Lakeman, 1879, scale 1:4, constructed by R. Garrett, Leiston, Suffolk, 1879
Braiding machine made around 1900, used at Croft Mill, Manchester.
Platt Brothers Notice
Metal notice made by Platt Brothers and Co. Ltd, Oldham, c.1899 regarding working hours.
Intermediate frame, made by Platt Brothers & Co. Ltd, Oldham, 1907, and used at Roy Mill, Royton.
Lancashire loom, made by J. & R. Shorrock, Darwen, c.1880, and used at Pennington Mill, Leigh.
Case for phantom larynx
Case (including two rods that make up the stand, and the throat) for phantom larynx, unsigned, Europe, 1870-1916. Owned and used by Sir Thomas Lauder Brunton.
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
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
Left prosthetic leg, Cyprus, 1914-1918
Left metal below knee prosthesis with leather thigh corset made for a Cypriot truck driver during 1914-18 War. Made in Cyprus.
Life size female anatomical figure
Anatomy & Pathology
Life size standing female anatomical figure, made of plaster, with detachable parts to reveal additional anatomical details, probably c.1900.
Linen skull cap printed with religious pictures
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
Amuletic skull cap with printed pictures of religious nature, used to cure convulsions in child, from Tyrol, Austrian, 1860-1920
Embossing telegraph receiver 1878-1900
Embossing telegraph receiver, made by J. H. Bunnell and Co., New York, United States, 1878-1900
polarized 'guillotine' relay, 1862-1866
Polarized 'guillotine' relay, designed by W Andrews, England, 1862-1866.
Brooch in the shape of a horseshoe with a riding crop
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
Amulet, tin, gilt, brooch in form of shoe and riding crop on horseshoe, reputedly worn by soldier of the Middlesex Regiment, from Lovett collection, British, 1914-1918
Glass tube containing a portion of the first submarine cable laid between Dover and Calais, 1875-1913
Glass tube containing a portion of the first submarine cable between Dover and Calais, plus screws for mounting, unknown maker, England, 1875-1913
Red Cross fund-raising brooch made from Zeppelin wire, 1917.
Brooch made of wire from the first Zeppelin brought-down in England, mounted on card by the British Red Cross, presumably for fund-rising purposes, c.1917
Clockwork interruptor, once owned by David Hughes, 1875-1880
Clockwork interruptor made and used by David Edward Hughes (1831-1900), England, c. 1879
Receiver printer for stock exchange printing telegraph, 1907
Receiver printer, or stock ticker, for Stock Exchange printing telegraph, No. 5187, made by the Exchange Telegraph Company, England, 1907
Isambard Kingdom Brunel, English civil engineer, mid-19th century.
Plaster bust of Isambard Kingdom Brunel
Ceramic pot for Oriental toothpaste
Ceramic pot for oriental tooth paste, supplied by Liptrot and Co., Accrington, England, 1870-1910
Spark gap or knob coherer, 1889
Spark gap or knob coherer, unknown maker, England, 1889. Used by Sir Oliver Lodge to first show the coherer effect and detect electric surgings by closing the circuit of a galvanometer during experiments on lightning guards.
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.
selector switch, 1903
Selector switch, made by the Clark Automatic Telephone Company, United States, 1903. From automatic interdepartmental telephone switchboard installed at Guy's Hospital, February, 1903
Experimental form 1 (Licence to use Wireless Telegraph), 1905
Experimental form 1 (Licence to use Wireless Telegraph for Experimental purposes) dated 14 November 1905 and made out to Ernest Dundas Gledall Esq BSc, issued by the General Post Office on behalf of the Postmaster General, British, 1905
Crossley telephone receiver, 1880
Telephone receiver, Crossley's patent 1880, unknown maker, British, 1880.
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
Glass flask containing urine
Glass flask, containing urine, prepared by Lister, used in his experiments on putrefaction, from 1871-1877
Hand perforator and copy stand for Wheatstone automatic telegraph system, 1890-1910
Hand perforator and copy stand for Wheatstone automatic telegraph system, invented by Charles Wheatstone, unknown maker, probably British, 1890-1910. Wheatstone two unit stickpunch with paperslip dispenser.
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
Robert Dudgeon’s sphygmograph
Sphygmograph which belonged to Dudgeon, by J. Ganter, 19 Crawford Street, London, England, 1876.
Steljes ABC type printing telegraph receiver
Steljes ABC type printing telegraph receiver No. 477, made by the Typewriting Telegraph Corporation Limited, London, England, 1895-1910
London Dome ear trumpet
Small square ear trumpet, hearing aid, European, 1869-1900
Galvanic brooch, various metals, with head profile of a bald bearded man, by Z. Osselin, French, 1880-1920
Bas-relief head and shoulders of Guglielmo Marconi, 1903
Bas-relief head and shoulders of Guglielmo Marconi on brass lamina, engraved "1903, R. Bravi, Milano", made by R Bravi, Milano, Italy, 1903
Whitworth standard wire gauge
1869 to 1897
Whitworth standard gauges for checking and adjusting wire gauges, based on the Whitworth proposed standard wire gauge; range 0.1-0.01 inches. The gauge is the flat part of the round bar: the gauge measurement being the distance across the flat surfaces. The use or standardisation of the decimal system was proposed by Whitworth when he was president of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers 1856 to 1857: 'Paper on a standard decimal measure of length'. Following the standard procedure and logic at that time each gauge size serves to establish that wire size standard. The concept of tolerance or specification by limits of acceptability had not at that time been established. These decimal gauges were never accepted as a national standard. The number of his wire gauge corresponds with sizes in thousandths of an inch from 1 to 500 with logical increases in increment of 0.001 (for small sizes) to 0.025 for the larger end of the range.
Sinclair line selector automatic switch board, 1880-1890
Sinclair line selector automatic switch board (glass broken and incomplete), patented by David Sinclair, probably made by the National Telephone Company, British, 1880-1890
Wine glass possibly used as a culture glass by Joseph Lister
Wine glass, possibly used as a culture glass by Joseph Lister
Syntonic Leyden jars, 1880-1889
Two syntonic Leyden jars, unknown maker, Germany, 1880-1889. Possibly the actual ones used by Oliver Lodge in March 1889 at the Royal Institution to demonstrate resonance in adjacent circuits when at the same frequency.
Ring transformer, 1892
John Gavey's ring transformer, used between Lavernock and Flatholm, made by John Gavey, Wales, 1892. Mounted on polished wooden board
The Ivel Agricultural Tractor
Ivel agricultural tractor on three steel wheels (front single, with solid rubber tyre; rear, straked), designed by Daniel Alborne, and made by Ivel Agricultural Motors Limited, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, England, 1902, and two spark plugs by Lodge Sparking Plug Company Limited, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England, 1913-1920. Engine: 2-cylinder horizontally opposed petrol. Believed to be the first 'production' tractor built by Ivel, and the first British internal combustion engine powered light agricultural tractor.
Billi condenser used for aerial tuning in Newfoundland, 1901
Billi condenser, or adjustable receiving capacitor, used for tuning the aerial in Newfoundland for the first wireless communication across the Atlantic, probably made by Marconi's Wireless Telegraphy Company, Chelmsford, Essex, England, December 1901.