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London Brighton & South Coast Railway locomotive Gladstone
Locomotives and Rolling Stock
Steam locomotive and tender, London Brighton & South Coast Railway, 0-4-2 No 214, "Gladstone", designed by William Stroudley, built at Brighton in 1882, withdrawn 1927.
London Brighton & South Coast Railway locomotive Boxhill
Locomotives and Rolling Stock
Steam locomotive, London Brighton & South Coast Railway, 0-6-0T No 82, "Boxhill", designed by William Stroudley, built at Brighton in 1880, withdrawn in 1946.
Edison telephone, 1879
Wall telephone with Edison chalk receiver, unknown maker, probably United States, 1879.
Edison's electric carbon filament lamp
Original incandescent electric carbon filament lamp, by Thomas Alva Edison, Menlo Park, New Jersey, United States of America, with bulb made by Ludwig K. Boehm, Menlo Park, New Jersey, United States of America, 1879
Rudge 'ordinary' or 'penny farthing' bicycle
Rudge Ordinary bicycle of 1884, lightened for racing purposes
Gower-Bell telephone, 1881
Gower-Bell telephone transmitter, Post Office pattern with porcelain mouthpiece, made by Scott and Wollaston, England, 1880
Lancashire loom, made by J. & R. Shorrock, Darwen, c.1880, and used at Pennington Mill, Leigh.
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
Foucault Pendulum for demonstrating the Earth's rotation, 1883
Brass Foucault pendulum bob and suspension piece made respectively in the Physics Laboratory and Mechanical Laboratory of the Royal College of Science in 1883, with a divided brass arc on a wooden board with lapse time clock indicator dial and wooden bob stand made in the Science Museum workshop, 1928. Set up in a stair well in the Western Galleries [1883-1920s] and then the Science Museum [1920s-1988]
Crossley telephone receiver, 1880
Telephone receiver, Crossley's patent 1880, unknown maker, British, 1880.
Edison telephone peg switchboard and pegs, 1879
Edison telephone peg switchboard with six pegs, made by the Edison Telegraph Company of London Limited, London, England, 1879
Plaster model of a human eye, France, 1884
Anatomy & Pathology
Plaster model of a sectioned human eye, French, 1884.
Engraving: Watt's first experiment
Engraving: Watt's first experiment. Marcus Stone ARA pinxt; Herbert Bourne sculpt; published by Appleton & Co, New York . An example of the genre of unashamed romanticism in depicting Watt's 'invention of steam'. overall: 27.5x37.5cm
Rotative Compound Beam Engine, 1881
Annotated 1/2 inch scale model (1:24) of a Simpson Compound beam pumping engine, 1881, originally built for the West Middlesex Waterworks.
Crossley table telephone, 1879
Crossley desk-type telephone transmitter, made by Emmot and Blakey, Bradford, West Yorkshire, England, 1879
Jones 50-line switchboard, 1879.
50-line manual telephone switchboard, made by Jones Brothers, Cincinatti, USA, 1879
Silver medal, commemorates the International Health Exhibition
Circular silver medal, commemorates the International Health Exhibition held in London, designed by L.C. Wyon, made by J. Pinches, English 1884
Tailboard, North Eastern Railway
Locomotives and Rolling Stock Components
Tailboard, North Eastern Railway, "Train Following/Return to Saltburn No.5" (Oblong metal, c.1880)
Wood-working brace drill, with button-operated latch chuck, 1875-1885
Hand and Machine Tools
Wood-working brace drill, with button-operated latch chuck, unsigned, England, 1875-1885. This is an early example of the brace which replaced the bow drill because it is easier to manipulate than the bow and there is no idle return movement. The speed of rotation is slower but the turning force (moment) is greater and a different form of bit (drill piece) taking a heavier cut was used. This is fitted with a button type of chuck used from the latter half of the 18th Century. However, the style features in 20th Century tool catalogues.
Water from the River Jordan
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
Bottle of water from the river Jordan, collected in 1881 by George Armstrong
Downs Surgical Limited
1879-current (2020), manufacturer of surgical instruments, London, England
A Gallenkamp and Company Limited
1880 - 1995
1880-1995, laboratory equipment manufacturer (chemistry, physics), London, England
Photograph of the Great Nebula in Orion, 1883
One of eleven photographs, taken by Andrew Ainslie Common of the Orion Nebula (M42) using a 36-inch reflecting telescope with a silver-on-glass mirror in the garden at his home in Ealing, London. Taken with an exposure of 60 minutes on February 26th 1883.
Marey's Camera for Chronophotography
Camera for chronophotography on a fixed plate invented by Étienne-Jules Marey, about 1882.
Snuffbox in the form of a ram's head, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1881-1882
Snuff mull in form of ram's head, on three coasters, two compartments with silver gilt lids, Scottish, 1881-1882
General Post Office high-speed paper-tape telegraph transmitter, c.1880.
Mercury motor electric consumption meter
Electric consumption meter, mercury motor, made by Sebastian Ziani de Ferranti in London, 1883, inscribed to front "FERRANTI PATENT ELECTRICITY METER NO 62 CAPACITY 10 CONSTANT 125.6", S. Z. de Ferranti introduced the first practical mercury meters, current flowing through a bath of mercury turns paddles, driving the wheels of the clock register.
A G Thornton Limited
1880 - 1992
c.1880 -1992, stationers; scientific equipment manufacturer, Manchester, England
'The Horse in Motion'
Book: 'The Horse in Motion: As Shown by Instantaneous Photography. With a Study on Animal Mechanics, Founded on Anatomy and the Revelations of the Camera, in which is Demonstrated the Theory of Quadrupedal Locomotion', 1882. By J D B Stillman AM MD, using photographs by Eadweard Muybridge. Executed and published under the auspices of Leland Stanford. Illustrated with 5 heliotypes, showing positions of cameras and motion.
Lawson 'Bicyclette', 1879
Lawson's Bicyclette of 1879, (First step in the evolution of the modern safety cycle) with box of accessory items.
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)
Ferranti alternator no.8, around 1882
Ferranti alternator (also known as an alternating current dynamo) – model number 8. Designed by Sebastian Ziani de Ferranti and made in London in 1882.
Incandescent electric lamp with 'candlestick' cap
Incandescent carbon filament electric lamp, detachable 'candlestick' cap that fits into a lamp holder, made by Swan Electric Light Company Ltd in Benwell, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, c.1879, this is an early example of a commercial light bulb of the type patented by Joseph Swan, the vendor acquired the bulb from a public house on the Isle of Sheppy during 1940, the filament was broken in an air raid that night
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.
Bronze International Health Exhibition medal, 1884
Coins, Medals & Tokens
Bronze International Health Exhibition medal with ring, in case, presented to Henry Edward Armstrong, 1884. 27mm diameter. obverse, maltese cross motif, legend H E Armstrong; reverse, legend 1884 International Health Exhibition London, makers signed Waterlow & Sons London
53 herbarium sheets of plants collected by Joseph Lister, 1883
Materia Medica & Pharmacology
53 herbarium sheets of plants collected by Joseph & Agnes Lister during a trip abroad to the Austro-Hungarian Empire (modern day Slovakia and Hungary). The majority of the specimens were collected during a trip in 1883.
Seal and stamp - Newhaven Gas and Coke Company
Seal and stamp - Newhaven Gas and Coke Company. Part of a collection of fifteen seals and thirteen stamps manufactured by gas companies that operated in the South East of England in the nineteenth century (from the counties of Kent, West Sussex, East Sussex and Surrey).
Scottish soldiers at the Battle of Tel-el-Kebir
A watercolour painting of Scottish Highland soldiers fighting in the Battle of Tel-el-Kebir, Egypt, drawn by an unknown artist in 1882.
"Wash-out patent" water closet
"Wash-out patent" water closet with panelling and stuffing box supply valve, c.1883
London & North Western Railway Notice
London & North Western Railway warning notice, c.1883.
Wax death mask of Benjamin Disraeli, England, 1881
Psychology, Psychiatry & Anthropometry
Wax death mask of Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield, taken six hours after his death by Sir E. Boehm, England, 1881
William Powell Frith
A Woodburytype portrait of William Frith, 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.
Fort Ada, Alexandria
A photograph entitled 'Fort Ada, Alexandria', taken by an unknown photographer in November 1882. The photograph shows a damaged gun battery on the walls of Fort Adda (or Ada) in Alexandria, Egypt.
Walking stick made from telegraph wires from Tay Bridge
Miscellanea & Curiosities
Walking stick, made from telegraph wires which passed over the old Tay Bridge before the Disaster of 1879, made by John McKay a labourer of Tayport Harbour, (broken).