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Low Green Street
A photograph entitled 'Low Green Street', taken by Thomas Annan in 1868. The photograph shows Low Green Street in Glasgow, Steel Street can be seen on the left. The steeple of St Andrews parish church can be seen in the background.
Set of wheels from Blenkinsop Railway locomotive
Locomotives and Rolling Stock Components
Set of wheels, cast from original patterns for Blenkinsop Railway locomotive, 1 fluted set, 2 flanged sets, painted black and set on rails; overall dimensions: 1800 mm x 2000 mm (see note below)
Colour print of the visible surface of the Sun
One of eight colour lithographs (Pl.3) with window mounts of two colour sketches showing the Sun in white light, drawn by Etienne Leopold Trouvelot in 1872. February 2nd; February 16th.
Great Northern Railway locomotive Stirling Single
Locomotives and Rolling Stock
Steam locomotive and tender, Great Northern Railway, 4-2-2 No 1, designed by Patrick Stirling, built at Doncaster in 1870, withdrawn in 1907.
Hyperbolic Paraboloid String Surface Model
String surface model, hyperbolic paraboloid; a skew quadrilateral with its opposite sides equal in length and pierced with holes at equal distances
Original model of Edison's patent electric pen, 1875-1876
Printing & Writing
Original model of Edison's patent electric preparatory pen for preparing stencils, 1875-1876, mounted on wooden stand. By this invention of Thomas Edison, a paper stencil plate was rapidly prepared, which could be used for producing a large number of copies or prints of the original writing, simply by running an inked roller over the back of the stencil. The instrument consisted of a stylus, from the end of which projects a needle point; the needle is connected to a small flywheel and electric motor, at the end of the instrument, and by rotation of the motor the point is very rapidly protruded and drawn back again so that in passing over a sheet of paper the track of the stylus is left finely perforated. The electric current is supplied by flexible conductors.
Hansen's Writing Ball, also known as Malling-Hansen Writing Ball
Printing & Writing
Malling Hansen Writing Ball, patented in 1865, of about 1875, a typewriter with keys radiating to a common printing point. The Malling Hansen “writing ball” displayed all the significant refinements of writing machines introduced 40-50 years later: automatic carriage return and line spacing, a space bar, a bell to signal the end of the line, provision for carbon paper copies, a ribbon reverse and — most significant of all — visible writing by raising the typing mechanism. The main component of the writing ball is a hemisphere of 54 spring-loaded and engraved alpha-numeric typebars supported on three nickel plated columns with set-screw adjustment and geared mechanism. Each of the fifty-four typebars is aligned at a different angle, yet all converge on the paper at a common point.
Cast iron bridge notice, Midland Railway
Notice, cast iron, Midland Railway, Bridge weight limits, signed by James Williams, April 28th 1875, black letters on white background
Glass syringe designed by Joseph Lister, United Kingdom, 1871-1878
Glass and metal piston-action syringe, graduated, designed to dispense liquid in very small amounts, designed by Lister and probably used by him in his experiments
Piece of telegraph cable, c. 1869
Piece of telegraph cable reputed to have been laid between Lands End and the Scilly Isles, unknown maker, British, c. 1869
Wine glass possibly used by Joseph Lister in his experiments on milk, Europe, 1870-1878
Wine glass with fake plaster contents and glass cover, possibly used as a culture glass by Joseph Lister in his experiment in Lactic fermentation
Slate tobacco jar, United Kingdom, 1877-1879
Cut slate stone tobacco jar, lacquered, painted with various scenes with gilt trim, two finger grip lid, dated August 10, 1879, British, 1877-1879
Model of a Jacquard loom
Model of a Jacquard loom (Scale 1:2), unknown maker, 1867.
Mummy of a peregrine falcon, Egypt, 2000-1001 BCE
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Mummy of peregrine falcon, Egyptian, 2000-1001 BC
Eclipse Demonstration Model
Model to illustrate causes of eclipses by Henri Robert, Paris. One of twelve models thought to have been purchased at the 1867 Paris Exposition (see note).
Copy of clay liver used for divination, original from Babylon, 2050-1750 BCE
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Babylonian clay liver used for divination, c.2050-1750 BC, copy, 1981
Weir sewing machine, 1872.
J.Weir's chain stitch sewing machine, model no. 55S of 1872.
Norman Lockyer’s seven-prism spectroscope
Astronomical spectroscope from Norman Lockyer Observatory, brass, with train of seven prisms. Thought to be the one made by John Browning, London for Norman Lockyer who first used it to view Solar Prominences [chromosphere] outside a solar eclipse.
Portrait of a prisoner
An identity photograph of Hannah Buckham, taken by an unknown photographer in 1873. The photograph is taken from an album of prison record photographs. Buckham, aged forty-two, was arrested in Newcastle in December 1873 and sentenced to three months hard labour for theft.
A Woodburytype entitled 'Professor Fawcett'. taken by Lock and Whitfield in 1876. This Woodburytype is taken from a series of seven volumes entitled 'Men of Mark'. Published between 1876 and 1883, each volume featured 36 portraits of prominent men of the time.
Set of 5, spatulate ended rods, used for testing c
Set of 5, spatulate ended rods, used for testing colour vision and central scotomata(?), English, 1870-1880
Bird-type inhaler with accessories, United Kingdom, 1869
Birds medical inhaling pipe, supplied by Savory and Moore, in case with accessories, patented 1869
A Woodburytype entitled 'Thomas Hughes', taken by Lock and Whitfield in 1880. This Woodburytype is taken from a series of seven volumes entitled 'Men of Mark'. Published between 1876 and 1883, each volume featured 36 portraits of prominent men of the time. A brief biographical essay by Thompson Cooper (1837-1904) accompanied each portrait.
Model of a Shand Mason 50 foot lattice girder fire escape, patented 1880
Model of a Shand Mason 50ft. lattice girder fire escape, with plumbing gear and props, scale 1:6, (2 inches = 1 foot)
Pilsen Joel dynamo, about 1875
Arc lighting dynamo, by Pilsen Joel, about 1875.
Surface string model
Conoids; model showing the transformation of a cylinder into a conoid and back again, also model showing the transformation of a cone into a conoid and back again. It is to be noticed that the head lines of the two conoids, that is to say, the right line in which the two sheets of each conoid meet, are perpendicular to one another; - the transformation is effected by making the upper semicircle turn through two right angles
Geometrical Conoids String Surface Model
String surface model, conoids, cylinder and cone
Carte de Visite photograph. Sir Charles Lyell. geo
Carte de Visite photograph of Sir Charles Lyell. geologist.
Morse code sounder used over railway telegraph circuits
Morse sounder, c.1880. Double plate sounder., in wooden case with needle and dial at the top. Last used over railway telegraph circuits to transmit Morse code through a reversal of the current to distinguish dot from dash. The needle moved to left and right.
Shell cameo brooch with wet collodian photograph
Shell cameo brooch with wet collodian photograph of man on reverse, c.1865 (size 2"x2 1/2" )
eastbourne & hastings junction railway ceremonial trowel
Miscellanea & Curiosities
Ceremonial trowel, London Brighton & South Coast Railway, silver with bone handle, engraved "Presented to J P Knight Esq, General Manager, LB&SCRy by Fred Furniss "Contractor" on fixing Key Stone in completion of the Eastbourne & Hastings Junction railway, 18th July 1871".
Bell Telephone Receiver (c.1876), in turned mahoga
Electricity and Magnetism
Bell Telephone Receiver (c.1876), in turned mahogany case, with device to adjust magnet
Petroleum testing apparatus, about 1868, flash tub
Petroleum testing apparatus, about 1868, flash tube without thermometer
Fluted Roller Cutting Machine
Hand and Machine Tools
Fluted roller cutting machine made by Thomas Ryder and Son Ltd, Bolton c.1865
Double Eye Glasses (c.1870-80), tortoiseshell, spr
Double Eye Glasses (c.1870-80), tortoiseshell, spring bridge
Lowne's patent colliery air me
Lowne's patent colliery air meter, made by T. B. Winter & Son, Newcastle, c.1880.
Earthenware inhaler invented by Dr. Nelson in 1865
Earthenware inhaler invented by Dr. Nelson in 1865, Crellin 2
A photographic portrait of Julia Jackson (1846-1895) taken by Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879) in 1867. Julia Jackson married the barrister Herbert Duckworth who died in 1870. She then married Sir Leslie Stephen the editor of The Dictionary of National Biography. They had four children, including the future Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf. Albumen print.
Photographic portrait entitled 'Alfred Tennyson' taken by Julia Margaret Cameron in about 1869. Albumen print.
'Prima Donna' spring folding clip eyeglasses with
'Prima Donna' spring folding clip eyeglasses with oval lenses. Registered 1874.
brighton ship bell
Ship's bell, London Brighton & South Coast Railway, 'BRIGHTON 1878', ex Paddle Steamer Brighton III, built J. Elder & Co., Govan, 1878.
Cylindrical stick of explosive substitute in cream paper wrapper with black printing over cardboard tube
Mining & Ore Dressing
Cylindrical stick of explosive substitute in cream paper wrapper with black printing over cardboard tube, cardboard tube cut away to expose inner cylinder wrapped in waxed brown paper printed with black roundels, outer wrapper printed: ‘SHEATHED’; ‘ONLY FOR BRINGING DOWN COAL’; ‘A1. ROUNKOL’; ‘Alfred Nobel’; Nobel's Explosives Company Limited Trademark; ‘1 7/16” GLASGOW 3oz’; ‘NOT MORE THAN 18ozs’; ‘IN ANY ONE SHOT HOLE’, by Nobel's Explosives Company Limited, Ardeer, Scotland, 1877-1926
1872 patent cast steel bell, one of three
1872 patent cast steel bell, by Vickers Sons and Company Limited, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, 1872-1874
Pocket sheet metal gauge patented in 1878 and made by Brown
Pocket sheet metal gauge patented in 1878 and made by Brown and Sharpe Manufacturing Co., being a micrometer with a range of 0.0" to 0.375".
Specimen of steel produced by the Basic or Thomas-
Specimen of steel produced by the Basic or Thomas-Gilchrist process, 1877, 1-2.25" x 0. 875" bar folded four times
Guidebook, Midland Railway, "Illustrated Tourist Guide", 187
Guidebook, Midland Railway, "Illustrated Tourist Guide", 1879, places to visit, cost new 1d, 32 pages, soft cover.
Innuit family in Disco, Greenland
Albumen print by Thomas Mitchell and George White, titled "Innuit family in Disco, Greenland". Photograph shows seven Inuit on the roof of a stone hut at Disko Island, Greenland. Taken during the British Arctic Expedition of 1875-1876, led by Captain George Strong Nares. Page five of an album titled "Her Majesty's Ships the Alert & Discovery. 1875-1876. Vol. 1."
Thermometer, fahrenheit with ring-shaped bulb, in
Thermometer, fahrenheit with ring-shaped bulb, in leather case, English, c1880