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North Eastern Railway, locomotive 1621
Locomotives and Rolling Stock
Steam locomotive and tender, North Eastern Railway, 4-4-0 No.1621, designed by Wilson Worsdell, built at Gateshead in 1893, withdrawn in 1945.
Vertical Steam Engine, 1891
14 hp vertical, single-cylinder, Marshall Steam Engine (made by Messrs. Marshall of Gainsborough, for Imperial Institute in 1891 and transferred to Kew Gardens in 1903)
Goerz Anschutz Press Camera
Goerz press camera. Folding collapsing strut-form plate camera for 3.25 by 4.25 plates quarter-plates, c 1900. Doppel-anastigmat lens DRP Series 111/0, Serial No 108907. F: 120mm. f.6.8-45. Lever operated focussing 2yds-inf. Sliding rising front and cross. Anschutz focal plane shutter with focussing screen and frame sports finder. Overall (deployed): 165 mm x 185 mm x 140 mm. This camera is typical of the sort used by press photographers of the period.
Edison Kinetophone (or Phonokinetoscope)
Edison Kinetophone (or Phonokinetoscope); Kinetoscope with cylinder phonograph, an early attempt at creating a sound-film system; early motion picture exhibition device, designed for films to be viewed individually through an aperture on the top of the cabinet.
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
Hydraulic accumulator, 1900
Mechanical Power Transmission
model, scale 1:16, of an Armstrong type hydraulic accumulator with trip-gear, in tower
Welsbach type C gas burner, 1893 for upright mantle.
Upright type Welsbach type C burner of 1893, with clay orifice. With mantle fork and incandescent mantle.
Downing College Kitchen
A photograph of the kitchen of Downing College, Cambridge University, taken by Edgar Tarry Adams in December 1901. A shelf of brass and copper moulds can be seen on the left, above a row of domed platter lids. A chef sits in the room, whilst another man sits in an office or storeroom at the back of the kitchen.
Cardboard models of Second Order Surfaces, 1901.
Set of 7 assembled cardboard geometrical models with wooden stands [marked 1876-482], showing surfaces of the second order: (1) Ellipsoids having 22 sections, (2) Ellipsoids having 30 sections, (3) Hyperboloids of 2 sheets, (4) Hyperboloids of 1 sheet, (5) Paraboloids, (6) Hyperbolic Paraboloids, (7) Cones
The Luzo camera no. 17328. Box camera for rollfilm 3 1/2 inches wide, 4x3 inches. Fixed aperture rapid rectilinear lens. External sector shutter, three spring positions. Brilliant reflecting finder. Red window with pivoted cover. Patent no 1125. In leather ever-ready case. C1896. Overall: 112 mm x 166 mm x 125 mm.
Kent's knife sharpening and cleaning-machine, c. 1905.
Kent's patent rotary disc hand-operated knife sharpening and cleaning machine, size 7 no. 8926, overall design based on patents 10225 and 13920 in 1852 by George Kent, most recent patents in 1895, 1902 and 1903 made by Kent of Holborn, London, and supplied by Halstead and Kestell of Royston, 1903-1905
Poster for the National Palace Theatre of Varieties
A Music Hall poster for the National Palace Theatre of Varieties, Croydon, printed by H R Grubb, c. 1901. The poster advertises the acts for the week beginning Monday 12th October, top of the bill is ' Mr R W Paul's Theatrograph'. Other acts include 'Miss Minnie Cunningham, The Charming Dancer', 'The Sisters Moore, Duettists' and 'Mr Dan Conroy, Eccentric Comedian'.
English lever reversing pinion pocket watch with dial
English lever reversing pinion pocket watch with sunk seconds dial, movement numbered 509148, signed S. Fagot, Treharris, on dial, in silver case hallmarked Chester 1900 signed TPH and numbered 496388, with winding key
Timer for gas street lamp
Timer for gas street lamp, made by the Horstmann Gear Co. Ltd, Bath, c.1900.
Recording Rain Gauge by Negretti and Zambra
Recording rain gauge by Negretti and Zambra, 1897.
2 cylinder motor car with hot tube ignition
Daimler, 2 cylinder motor car with hot tube ignition, built by the Motor Manufacturing Company, 1897-1899. The Daimler engine patents, which were of fundamental importance in the early development of the motor car, were exploited in England, not only by the Daimler Motor Co. Ltd. but also, under licence, by the Motor Manufacturing Company. This motor car was produced by this firm and closely follows Daimler practice of that time. It has a two-cylinder engine with chain drive from a counter-shaft to sprocket on wheels on both sides of the rear axle. A cone-type clutch is used. The gears give three speeds forward and three speeds in reverse. The cooling radiator is under the body at the rear and the wheels are fitted with pneumatic tyres.
Mechanical tilting bucket rain-gauge, 1890
Mechanical Dial rain gauge, zero setting, tipping-bucket type, by Negretti & Zambra, Holborn Circus & Viaduct, 45 Cornhill, London, 1890. Square receiver with collecting area of 64 square inches.
Photograph of a radiograph of hand taken by Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen, Germany, 1895
Photograph of a radiograph of a hand, covered with glass, taken by Roentgen, Wurzburg, Germany, 1895
Smith & Coventry Capstan Lathe
Hand and Machine Tools
Capstan lathe, made by Smith & Coventry Ltd, Manchester, c.1890.
Turning Capstan at Deal
A photograph entitled 'Turning Capstan at Deal', taken by Edgar Tarry Adams, c. 1900. The photograph shows a group of women and children, probably members of the Adams family, turning the capstan on the beach at Deal in Kent. An old man pushes the lever whilst some small children help.
Radial Flow Parson's Turbine Engines
Original radial flow Parson's turbine engines, part sectioned, originally fitted to the experimental yacht 'Turbinia' (fitted in 1894 and removed in 1896), by Parsons Marine Steam Turbine Company Limited, Wallsend, Tyne and Wear, England, 1894
Woman at a piano
A photograph of a woman at a piano, taken by James Arthur in 1898. the woman has turned away from the piano and reads a book on her lap.
Woman in an outdoor scene
A photograph of a woman in an outdoor scene, taken by James Arthur in 1897. The woman in this studio photograph stands in front of a painted backdrop showing a river scene
Ludgate Circus, London
A photograph entitled 'Ludgate Circus, London', published by George Washington Wilson, c. 1890. The photograph is taken from Fleet Street looking down Ludgate Hill towards St Paul's Cathedral. The King Lud public house can be seen on the left. Opened in 1870, the pub closed in 2005.
Ensign Optiscope Number 6 projector
Ensign Optiscope No 6 lantern slide projector. For 3 1/4 x 3 1/4 inch slides. Aldis Uno projection lens F:10 inch; all metal; bellows lens extensions, with two wooden slide carriers (stamped RRD). This is a projector for 3 1/4 inch square slides. It has an Aldis Uno 10" projection lens mounted in a panel on two rods and with bellows that can be extended. The lamphouse has an ES bulb holder, secured by a wing screw underneath its base. The projector comes with two wooden slide carriers. The projector can be pivited on the base and secured by means of the chrome lever. Power is controlled with an on/off switch on the base.
Kineoptoscope projector mechanism
Riley 'Kineoptoscope' projector mechanism, (1896). Designed by Cecil Wray of the Bradford magic lantern manufacturers, Riley Brothers. Wray's Patent Number 119. Handle turns double-toothed claw mechanism engaging perforations on the film and advancing it one frame for each downward stroke.
Textile Testing Equipment; Magnifying Glass
textile testing equipment, magnifying glass. Small microscope with the inscription 'Germany Maschinenspinne 8121'. Complete with purple velvet lined presentation box; top inscription 'John Nesbitt Ltd, Manchester', interior inscription 'Counting Glass 8121, made in Germany'.
Fitch typewriter, 1891
Printing & Writing
Fitch typewriter No.3287, type bar class, on base board, made by the Fitch Typewriter Company (UK) in London, 1891.
Single-cylinder Oil Engine
Horizontal single-cylinder oil engine, made by Crossley Brothers Ltd, Manchester, c.1894. Single cylinder heavy oil engine, a four stroke principle, horizontal type, with cylinder over hung at rear. Feed oil tank contained in base of casting so this was a self contained unit except for water to cool it.
Great Eastern Locomotive, No 87
Locomotives and Rolling Stock
Steam tank locomotive, Great Eastern Railway, 0-6-0T No 87, designed by J. Holden, built at Stratford in 1904, withdrawn 1959.
‘Griffith’ foot-operated vacuum cleaner
‘Griffith’ foot-operated vacuum cleaner (Patent No. 21,304), designed by Walter Griffith, unsigned, Europe, 1905
Queen Victoria's Pony Bath Chair
Queen Victoria's pony bath chair, a one slope chair with a leather apron to cover the riders knees. It was drawn by a pony who was led by a footman for a slower, steadier ride. The Bath chair was originally designed by James Heeth c.1750 and thought to be named after the place of origin, or possibly because the design resembled a bath tube. This one belonged to Queen Victoria, built for an older and more fragile Queen who was finding it more difficult to get around. It was donated in 1936 by HM King Edward VIII with several other Victorian carriages.
Brownie Automatic Camera
Eastman Kodak Brownie Automatic folding box form camera.
Model of Galloway boiler, 1890, scale 1:12. This modification of the Lancashire boiler was patented by William and John Galloway in 1851
Brass Bell Weights
Weighing & Measuring
Set of 10 brass bell weights by W.&.T. Avery Ltd. Weights are: 1/4oz; 1/2oz; 1oz; 2oz; 4oz; 8oz; 1lb; 2lbs; 4lbs; 7lbs.
'Al-Vista' panoramic camera
'Al-Vista' panoramic camera made by Multiscope & Film Co, Burlington, USA in around 1898.
Dynamo in display case
Dynamo in display case, made by J. H Humphreys & Sons Ltd, with associated archival material, 1896.
Launch Of HMS 'Albion' At Blackwall
A photograph entitled 'Launch Of HMS Albion At Blackwall', taken by Edgar Tarry Adams in June 1898. The photograph was taken from the slipway immediately after the ship's launch at the Thames Iron Works, Blackwall, London.
Seated woman drinking tea
A photograph of a woman seated at a table, taken by James Arthur, c. 1900. The woman rests with her feet on a cushion.
A Kodak circular snapshot photograph showing a gypsy caravan in a camp, taken by an unknown photographer, c. 1890.
Photographic print of Herschel's Forty-Foot Telescope, 1890
Photographic print of William Herschel's 40-foot telescope at Slough, in frame made from mahogany ladder rungs from the mounting of the 20-foot telescope used at Slough by William and at the Cape by John Herschel. Printed in 1890, one of 25 prints made from the first permanent negative taken by Sir John F.W. Herschel in 1839.
Lee and Turner Three-Colour Projector
Lee and Turner three colour projector, 1901.
Picht braille typewriter, c. 1899
Printing & Writing
Picht Braille typewriter, c. 1899. The machine used 9" wide paper that was fed on a wooden drum. The keys were made of wood with metal dots indicating the dot position on the front of each key. The machine consists of six keys in a fan shape, which one can simultaneously press, every key presses the six Braille dots on the paper.
Halstead Brewery Wagon
A photograph entitled 'Halstead Brewery Wagon', taken by Edgar Tarry Adams, c. 1900. The photograph shows a wagon converted to look like a beer bottle, parked outside Adams' Brewery in Halstead, Essex. Edgar Tarry Adams lived in the house next to the family brewery.
Artificial right leg, England, 1894
Wooden right above knee prosthesis made for a 16 year old Boy Soldier in 1894. It was worn continuously by him until he was (very reluctantly) supplied with a new one in 1972. This he wore until his death in 1977 at the age of 99. Supplied by the Army.