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Cotton bale breaker
Cotton bale breaker, made by Platt Brothers & Co. Ltd, Oldham, 1911 and used in the Textile Technology Department at UMIST.
Ekco model radio in phenolic plastic case.
Model AD36 Ekco radio receiver, 4-valve TRF domestic receiver in circular Bakelite phenolic plastic case, by E K Cole Limited, Southend-on-Sea; England, 1935
Experimental form of Marconi Company magnetic detector, 1900-1910
Earliest experimental form of magnetic detector developed by the Marconi Company, with fixed soft iron core and single layer primary coil on core and telephone circuit winding in bobbin surrounding the primary coil, probably made by Marconi's Wireless Telegraphy Company, Chelmsford, Essex, England, 1900-1910
Strowger two-motion selector with vertical mount, 1903-1920
Strowger two-motion selector with vertically mounted relays, less switching banks, made by the Automatic Telephone Manufacturing Company, Liverpool, England, 1903-1920
Walnut and brass model of the "Great Paris Telescope"
Walnut and brass scale model (1:50 approx) of the 'Great Paris Telescope' exhibited at the 1900 Paris Exposition, a stationary 1.25 metre refracting telescope (57 metres long) with a 2 metre mirror siderostat.
Zenith X-ray tube and shield
Zenith X-ray tube and shield, used by Lord Haden-Guest by A.E. Dean and Company Limited, Waddon, Croydon, London, England, 1901-1913.
Spiral spring coherer, 1890-1894
Spiral spring coherer, probably made by E E Robinson, England, 1890-1894. Used by Oliver Lodge in his lecture before the Royal Institution on 1 June 1894 on ‘The work of Hertz and his successors’
Wooden figure used as container for nkisi force
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
Container for nkisi force, carved wooden statue with upraised arm, BaKongo people, west-central Africa, 1890-1910
Morse key with send-receive switch, 1900-1920
Morse key with send-receive switch, made by the General Post Office, British, 1900-1920
'Electric tonic' amusement machine, Europe, 1915-1925
Electric tonic amusement machine c.1920
Copper earthing tube believed to have been used by Marconi, 1890-1897
Copper earthing tube believed to have been used by Marconi in 1896/7 in his experiments on Salisbury Plain, unknown maker, probably British, 1890-1897
Model soil stack vent and pipe
Soil stack vent and pipe, marked 121E. Maroon in colour. Part of a collection of small models of sanitary appliances, from cabinet consisting. This model is intended to prevent the back flow of smells from the mains sewer coming into the home – it was sometimes known as the ‘stench pipe’.
Pair of metal-rimmed spectacles
Pair of metal-rimmed spectacles with wire mesh protecters, possibly motor goggles, English(?), 1891-1920
letter opener with calendar and map, 1893-1894
Letter opener with 1894 calendar and map, made for the Eastern Telegraph Company, 1893-1894
Ring spinning frame
Ring spinning frame, made by Platt Brothers & Co. Ltd, Oldham, 1901, and used at Brooklands Mill, Leigh.
Openshaw-type artifcial hand, Birmingham, England, 1916-1918
"Openshaw" carrying hand with broad leather wrist gauntlet. Spring thumb with catgut thong and small ring, for opening by pull-cord. Made by Anderson & Whitelaw, c.1914-18 war.
Automatic telephone wall, 1900-1910
Automatic telephone wall set made by Automatic Electric Company, Chicago, United States, 1900-1910
Ship's bell, Southern Railway
Ship's bell, brass, Southern Railway, inscribed "Whippingham", from the Paddle Steamship Whippingham, allocated to the Portsmouth-Ryde service, built by Fairfield Shipping & Engineering Co Ltd, Govan, 1930, withdrawn 1962 and broken up 1963.
horseshoe magnet and keep used with experimental form of magnetic detector, 1900-1910
Horseshoe magnet and keep used with the earliest experimental form of magnetic detector developed by the Marconi Company, probably made by Marconi's Wireless Telegraphy Company, Chelmsford, Essex, England, around 1902.
Bust of Michael J Owens
Pressed glass bust, about 5" high, of Michael J. Owens, 1859-1923; designer of first automatic bottle making machine.
Copper plaque stamped with a Latin cross for protection against cholera
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
Copper plaque stamped with Latin cross, used as protection against cholera, Russian, 1900-1909
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
Amulet, tin and copper(?), shamrock, probably 1918
Morse tape on which signals were recorded by means of a coherer, 1900
Morse paper tape, unknown maker, probably British, 1900. Used to record signals received by means of a coherer in 1900 at a distance of 135 miles by Captain Henry Jackson
Public telephone sign
National Telephone Company enamel sign for a public telephone, made in around 1905.
Nickel-plated table telephone
Nickel-plated skeleton table telephone, made by L. M. Ericsson & Co., Stockholm, 1895, for the National Telephone Company.
AC electric meter, made by Ferranti Ltd
AC electric meter, made by Ferranti Ltd in Hollinwood, near Manchester, c.1930.
Bottle containing water from the well of the chapel of St Therapon
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
Bottle containing water from the well of the chapel of St. Therapon, in Istanbul, Turkey, collected in 1930
Electric Oil Break Fuse
Electric oil break fuse, made by S. Z. de Ferranti Ltd, 1898.
Spencer Wells artery forceps
Spencer Wells artery forceps, screw-joint, plated steel, by Allen and Hanburys of London, c. 1900
Burndept Ultra IV wireless receiver, glass back No. 4798, 1923
Burndept Ultra IV wireless receiver No. 4798 with glass back, made by Burndept Limited, Blackheath, London, England, 1923.
great western railway royal cigarette case
Miscellanea & Curiosities
Cigarette case, silver plated, Great Western Railway, from the Royal Saloon, built for Her Majesty Queen Victoria, 1897, comprises ashtray, match strikers, cigar cutter and cigarette box - moulded Crown on front. Overall: 75 mm x 110 mm x 146 mm.
Regis 6 Motor Car by Crossley Motors
Regis 6 motor car, made by Crossley Motors Ltd, Manchester, with collection of related articles and other information, c.1935.
Bioscope 35-mm cine-projector
Bioscope 35-mm cine-projector, made by Aubrey Franks, Manchester, c.1900.
Imperial motor car
Motor car, made by the Imperial Autocar Manufacturing Co. Ltd, Manchester, 1904.
'Cat's whisker' Crystal Radio
'Cat's whisker' crystal radio set with single headphone and original crystal, made by the Scientific Wireless Company, Manchester, and purchased in 1924-25.
Set of 8 brass handled, inspector's Imperial standard testing weights
Weighing & Measuring
Set of 8 brass handled, inspector's Imperial standard testing weights (7lb to 1oz & 4 to 1 dr) by W & T Avery Limited, Birmingham, dated 1890 in wooden carrying case. Used by the London County Council and later the London Borough of Southwark.
Operating table, folding, adjustable in three sections, 1914-1918 war, military, English
'Televisor', made by Baird International Television Ltd, London, 1932.
16-mm cine camera
Model B 16-mm cine camera in case made by the Eastman Kodak Co., Rochester, USA, c.1925.
Oval gilt and enamel lapel badge, worn by a delega
Oval gilt and enamel lapel badge, worn by a delegate to the British Congress on Tuberculosis, held in Great Britain(!), in 1901, badge made in England(?), 1901
Bottle for cocaine solution
Amber glass bottle for cocaine solution (20%) empty, with no stopper. 51 mm x 25 mm diameter, 23 g. Unknown maker, German, 1910-1920.
Box magazine camera
'Universal Special B' box magazine camera made by Newman and Guardia, London in around 1900. Quality camera of the late 19th, early 20th century. Made in various models the Special Pattern B was the most famous of the 'Universals'. Historically important, this is the same make and model that Herbert Ponting chose to take with him on Captain Scott's expedition to the South Pole in 1912.
35mm cine projector
Hand-driven No. 6 cameragraph 35mm cine projector made by N. Power Co. Inc., New York, 1906, and used by Mr Charles Leon Gould. Embossed on shutter: "N. Power Co. Inc. New York. No1 lens shutter". Embossed above lens barrel: "Power's Cameragraph". Stamped below lens barrel: "Power's No 6 Cameragraph No. 30065 Nov, 1, 1904. July 17, 1906.". Stamped on rear of projector: "I. P. Corp. Power's New York"
Model of Robert Duncan's screw propeller, with stern frame and rudder, as fitted to the Egyptian government yacht 'Sareea
Model scale, 1:12, of Robert Duncan's screw propeller, with stern frame and rudder, as fitted to the Egyptian government steam yacht 'Sareea', by Ross and Duncan, Govan, Scottish, 1886-1887
London & North Western Railway railway wagon
Locomotives and Rolling Stock
Railway wagon, covered van, London & North Western Railway, Serial No 35 of 1917.
One of a pair of dice made of ivory cellulose nitrate
Plastics and Modern Materials
One of a pair of dice made of ivory cellulose nitrate with black markings, first part of 20th century
Radio Times volume 1 No. 1, 1923
Radio Times volume 1 No. 1, produced by the British Broadcasting Company and published by George Newnes Limited, England, 1923
Safety pins displayed on cardboard strip
Materia Medica & Pharmacology
Nine safety pins, seven of which are pinned to cardboard display strip, one is loose, and another stuck to the base of the first-aid kit. Printed with words 'Triumph Safety Pins', and a border around the edge of the card. Stained and torn in several places. Two safety pins loose. Stored inside the first aid kit, used by Rear Admiral R.E. Byrd on exploration flight to the Antarctic, 1930. Made by Burroughs Wellcome and Co., United States, 1928-1930.
"Racial" brand cervical cap
Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Contraception
Rubber cervical cap, "Racial" brand, size 2, by Racial/BCM, London, England, 1921-1931. Supplied by the Mothers's Clinic.