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Carrying case, containing 2 paint cups, tin of lining out brushes and 3 callipers
Tools of the Trade & Personal Accessories
Carrying case, containing 2 paint cups, tin of lining out brushes and 3 callipers, by John Sidney Matthews, Stratford, Essex, England, 1920. John Sidney Matthews was a Coach Painter at the Stratford railway works.
Weather forecaster ready reckoner, 1915
'Pocket Forecaster' weather ready reckoner, with instructions and cardboard box, by Negretti & Zambra, London, 1915. Patent no. 6276/15.
Sahli haemaglobinometer, London, England, 1890-1910
Sahli haemaglobinometer with leatherette case, made by Hawksley and Sons Limited, 17 New Cavendish Street, London, England, 1890-1910.
'Carstairs' lightweight wheelchair, London, England, 1910-1920
'Carstairs' lightweight wheelchair designed to allow the attendant manoeuvrabity in confined spaces, including up and down stairs, manufactured by Carters (J & A) Ltd, London, England, c.1910-20. To be noted that this chair has undergone a degree of restoration.
Crookes' spiral periodic system
Periodic table model, in spiral form, made by Sir William Crookes, representing the order of evolution of the elements, 1888.
Flatters and Garnett Limited
1901 - 1967
active 1901-1980s, microscope & accessory manufacturer, Manchester, England
St Pauls Cathedral divine service
Book "Divine service in memory of those Railwaymen who laid down their lives for their Country in the Great War 1914-1918", at St Pauls Cathedral, with a list by railway of the men killed, issued by Railway Companies Association, Benborough, Chairman, Churchill, Deputy, 14 May 1919.
William Frederick Mitchell
Watercolour painting of steam frigate HMS 'Glasgow' (1861) , by W.Fred Mitchell, 1903. depicting ship at sea in 1861. Blc - marked No. 2180. brc - signed W. Fred Mitchell, date 1903. This 3000-ton vessel was the fifth Royal Navy warship to bear the name ‘Glasgow’, and was one of the last British warships to be built of wood. She was launched in 1861, and although of wooden construction, was armed with breech-loading rifled guns. For propulsion, HMS Glasgow was fitted with a full suite of sails as well as her engines. Her only deployment was as the Royal Navy’s flagship in the East Indies in 1871-1875.
Double Gyroscope Apparatus
Double 3-inch fixed axis gyroscopes mounted at each end of an adjustable and clampable arm so as to demonstrate precession an other characteristics of gyroscopes, complete with a set of weights to add to the arms & box.; made by Townson & Mercer, 89 Bishopsgate St, London, England, 1890.
Kodak Brownie No 0 Model A Box Camera
"No. 0 Brownie" (Model A) roll film box camera in canvas case, model introduced 1914.
Naylor Marsaut miner's safety
Naylor Marsaut miner's safety lamp with double bifold burner, c. 1900
Crossley Otto 'Silent' Vertical Gas Engine, c. 1885
Heat Engines (non steam)
Otto Crossley 'Silent' vertical gas engine.
Great Central Railway locomotive, number 102
Locomotives and Rolling Stock
Steam locomotive, Great Central Railway, 04 class 2-8-0 No 102, designed by J.G. Robinson, built at Gorton in 1911, withdrawn 1963 (as BR 63601).
Bioscope 35-mm cine-projector
Bioscope 35-mm cine-projector, made by Aubrey Franks, Manchester, c.1900.
Brownie Automatic Camera
Eastman Kodak Brownie Automatic folding box form camera.
Gas leak detector, Short's Gas
Gas leak detector, Short's Gas Indicator by Abbott, Birks and Co. Ltd., London, S.E.1. Used with town gas. About 1900-1920.
Direct vision spectroscope by A. Hilger , London,
Direct vision spectroscope by A. Hilger , London, c.1900. Contains two "half prisms" rotated by micrometer, screw of 100 threads to the inch, drum divided into 100 parts
Gas cooker and kettle stand
Gas cooker and kettle stand by Richmond & Co. Ltd, Warrington, 1897
Electric light switch, 1890-1920
Brass topped wall switch with bar lever, unsigned, United Kingdom, 1890-1920.
Fire Engine, Great Western Railway
Road Vehicles (Railway)
Fire Engine, Great Western Railway, built by Dennis Bros., Guildford, 1912, for the GWR Swindon Works Fire Brigade, reg. no. AM2747, withdrawn 1956, includes drawing mirror, searchlight, 3 lamps, hooter, pressure gauge, 2 tool boxes, nozzles and pumps.
Robinson Air Engine, 1914
Heat Engines (non steam)
One Robinson's patent Hot Air Engine, part sectioned, size B4, complete with burner.
Universal shunt, 4 dial
Electricity and Magnetism
Universal shunt, 4 dial No.439 by H.W. Sullivan, London
Great Western Railway Weston Mill Viaduct
Photographic Collections (Railway)
Mounted photograph, Great Western Railway Weston Mill Viaduct, 1903, by Heath, photographer, Plymouth. Image: 500 mm x 622 mm; overall: 656 mm x 796 mm.
Commemorative plaque for Ludwig Mond
Coins, Medals & Tokens
Bronze commemoration plaque of Ludwig Mond (1839-1909), by Edouard Lanteri (1848-1917), struck in 7th March 1909. 118mm diameter, in olive green case 17x17x3cm. obverse: Dr Ludwig Mond FRS. Anno MDCCCCVIII . high relief profile head to Left. reverse: list of honours 1889-1909; Born at Cassel 7th March MDCCCXXXIX
Eight-20 King Penguin Camera
An Eight-20 King Penguin camera, made by A. Kershaw & Son Limited. Includes leather case.
No. 1 Brownie Box Camera
Eastman Kodak No. 1 Brownie box roll-film camera, with original packaging.
A.G. Thornton Folding Ruler
Ivory and silver folding ruler in original leather case, made by A. G.Thornton and given as a promotional gift to donor's father Bertram Thomas in about 1930.
Model which represents the paddle steamers "Queen Victoria" and the ''Prince of Wales''
Whole model, scale 1:48, representing the paddle steamer "Queen Victoria" (1887) and it's sister the 'Prince of Wales' with two steel plaques, possibly built by the Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company, Glasgow, United Kingdom, 1886-1927
Casts of Chinese zodiac figures (Tang dynasty)
1871-1900 (copy); 618-907 CE (original)
Pottery copy of small statue representing Chinese zodiac sign Chou, the ox, original probably Wei or Sui dynasty, 618-907 CE , cast possibly taken in China, 1801-1900
This Lancashire boiler was made in Manchester by W & J Galloway & Sons Ltd in 1889. It was used by bedding manufacturers John Sawtell & Co, where the steam was used to curl feathers for stuffing pillows. Lancashire boilers were often used to power steam engines, but could be used for any task where steam was required. The Lancashire boiler was developed by William Fairbairn in 1844, in an attempt to create a boiler where as much heat as possible from the fire was transferred to the water, and not lost. Two furnace tubes run through the boiler, where the fires would be stoked, and these were surrounded with water for maximum heat transfer. Manchester firm Galloways, who made this boiler, made their boilers even more efficient by adding extra tubes which crossed the furnace tubes to allow more heat transfer. A typical Lancashire boiler would consume six tons of coal per day. Water levels had to be carefully maintained, otherwise the pressure would get too high and cause an explosion.
28lb Imperial Counter Scales
Weighing & Measuring
28lb imperial counter scales, made by Herbert & Sons Limited.
Baird and Tatlock Limited
1887 - 1979
active 1887-1979, laboratory apparatus & instrument maker, Glasgow, Scotland
Henrici's harmonic analyser, No 3, 1894.
Henrici's harmonic analyser, No.3 (with three glass spheres) in case with brush, tommy, and reel of wire
Mains cable from power stations in London, around 1890
Section of the mains electricity cable used to connect the Grosvenor Galleries to the Deptford substation. Made by Sebastian Ziani de Ferranti around 1890.
Woman with a spinning wheel
A photograph of a woman with a spinning wheel, taken by James Arthur in 1899. This staged studio photograph shows a woman wearing an apron sitting next to a spinning wheel.
Smith & Coventry capstan lathe
Hand and Machine Tools
Capstan lathe, made by Smith & Coventry Ltd, Manchester, c.1890.
Leather medicine pouch, Berlin, Germany, 1914-1918
Nursing & Hospital Furnishings
Medicine pouch with contents, by Bach and Riedel of Berlin, used in German Army, First World War
Pasteur-Chamberland-type water filter
Public Health & Hygiene
Water filter, stoneware, Pasteur-Chamberland design, by J.G. Defries & Sons of London, c. 1900
London Types: A Flower Seller
A photochrom postcard entitled 'London Types: A Flower Seller', published in 'London In Colour Photography' by The Photochrom Company Limited, London in about 1914. The postcard shows a woman selling flowers on the street.
Rigged model of the Turbine Screw Steamer "Londonderry"
Whole rigged model (scale 1.48) of the tripple turbine screw steamer the T.S. "Londonderry" (1904), with two funnels, two masts, four decks (including a shade deck) and eight life boats. Measures 708 mm x 2200 mm x 310 mm. Made by unknown maker, United Kingdom, 1904-1911.
Model of steel paddle-wheel steamer for LCC Thames Service
Whole model, scale 1:48, representative of the fleet of steel-built paddle steamers commisionned by the London City Councils, unsigned, England, 1904-1913
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.).
Model of the PS 'Charlotte Dundas'
Whole model, scale 1:24, of the early paddlewheel steamboat the P.S. 'Charlotte Dundas' (1801), by the Science Museum Workshops, South Kensington, London, England, 1903. The model was based on a model lent to the Science Museum by W. H. Rankine. The actual P.S. 'Charlotte Dundas' (1801) was designed by William Symington and used on the River Forth and Clyde Canal.
Poster, coloured lithograph, 'Pantomimes Lumineuses Theâtre Optique de E. Reynaud' / Jules Cheret, for Musee Grevin, signed in the block and dated 1898', (framed and glazed)
Watercolour illustration of a syphilis sore, England, 1891-1920
Watercolour illustration on card by Peter Nairn of syphilitic condition of lower eyelid, English, 1891-1920
Plaster model of the head of an executed Chinese criminal with case, made in England, c. 1910-1922
Painted plaster model of the head of an executed Chinese criminal, cased, English, 1910-1922
stock exchange printing telegraph, 1907
Stock Exchange printing telegraph, made by the Exchange Telegraph Company, England, 1907. Comprises transmitter unit, two receiver uniits or tickers, one power pack, and cover.