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Section of Distribution Frame
Section of main distribution frame used with CB10 exchange, made by Peel Conner of Salford in 1922.
Creda No 762 electric toaster with open element. N
Creda No 762 electric toaster with open element. No. 4515A, 220-230V, 2.6 Amps, enamelled cast iron base and top; wood handle, c.1914-1920.
Public telephone sign
General Post Office public telephone call office sign made in around 1915.
Fabric bolt end
Fabric bolt end, made by Spruce Manufacturing Co. Ltd, Manchester.
Filings coherer, glass tube bent into U-shape at one end, 1894-1904
Filings coherer, glass tube bent into U-shape at one end, designed or used by Sir Oliver Lodge, England, 1894-1904
filings coherer, glass tube containing powdered copper, bulb at one end, 1894-1904
Filings coherer, glass tube containing powdered copper, bulb at one end, designed or used by Sir Oliver Lodge, England, 1894-1904
Coherer, with steel needle inside part-wound with copper wire, 1894-1904
Coherer, cylindrical glass tube with steel needle inside part-wound with copper wire, designed or used by Sir Oliver Lodge, England, 1894-1904
Filings coherer, Lodge-Muirhead system, 1900-1910
Filings coherer with arrangement for adjusting the compression of filings by using an external magnet to turn the head of a screw inside the tube, Lodge-Muirhead system, England, around 1902
filings coherer, small glass tube with bulb at one end and cap of red sealing wax at other end, 1898
Filings coherer, small glass tube with bulb at one end and cap of red sealing wax at other end, designed or used by Sir Oliver Lodge, England 1898
Filings coherer, glass tube formed into bulbs at each end at right angles, 1899
Filings coherer, glass tube formed into bulbs at each end at right angles, designed or used by Sir Oliver Lodge, England, 1899. Paper label stuck round tube marked ’16 / Jan 3 / 1899’
Hand-held stereoscopic viewer
Hand-held stereoscopic viewer, made in the USA by an unknown maker in around 1896.
Trephine, in form of bow-drill shaft
Trephine, in form of bow-drill shaft, wood with worked flint blade, for trephining, probably English, 1900-1915
Card of authority to use portable receiver, 1922
Card of authority to use portable receiver, issued by the General Post Office, British, 1922. Issued on April 13 1922 to the Hon. E H Cozens-Hardy, of Letheringsett Hall, Holt, Norfolk. The card reads 'The bearer, the Hon E H Cozens-Hardy of Letheringsett Hall, Holt, Norfolk, has been authorised by the Postmaster General to conduct experiments with portable wireless receiving apparatus within a radius of ten miles of (1) Messrs Pilkington Bros Works, St Helens, (2) Letheringsett Hall, Holt, Norfolk (but not within one mile of any Government wireless station)
Wooden case for blood transfusion apparatus
Public Health & Hygiene
Wooden case for blood transfusion apparatus, originally thought to have been designed by Geoffrey Keynes, but now believed to be the design of Oswald Hope Robertson during the 1st World War and made by the General Surgical Co. Ltd., 1917-1918
Original packaging for infant feeding bottle
Nursing & Hospital Furnishings
Cardboard box for glass infant's feeding bottle in original carton, made by S. Maw, Son and Sons, London, 1901-1920
Box for transfusion needles
Wooden box marked as 'Transfusion Needles', part of blood transfusion apparatus originally thought to be designed by Geoffrey Keynes, but believed to be designed by Oswald Hope Robertson during the 1st World War and made by the General Surgical Co. Ltd., 1917-1918
The up and down lines
Railway Posters, Notices & Handbills
Poster, 'The up and down lines' by The Railway Mission. Coloured lithograph depicting railway scenes accompanied by Biblical references, illustrating righteous and wicked behaviours, and their consequences. These include a train crashing off the end of a broken viaduct. Accompanying text reads "The Up and Down Lines, The Railway Mission, 1 Adam Street, Strand, WC". Text in bottom margins reads "Hazell, Watson & Viney Ld, Lith., London E.C" and "Designed and entered at Stationers Hall by W. C. Miles". Paper backed.
'Detraining in England', print, England, 1914-1918
Claude Allin Shepperson
Detraining in England, by Claude Shepperson, 1914-1918, from series 'Tending the wounded'. Crayon lithograph, 38.5x51cm, in gilt and black frame 58x68x3cm. Stretcher bearers beside the train loading the wounded into a four-berth ambulance. No. of set subtitled 'Detraining in England', numbered '19' blc, depicting stretcher bearers beside the train loading the wounded into a four-berth ambulance; image 35x46cm, sheet 38.5x51cm
Bow Locomotive Works
Photographic Collections (Railway)
Photographs, a collection of 175 silver gelatin glass negatives, 10 x 12 ins, from Bow Works of the North London Railway, featuring workshops, locomotives, rolling stock, stations, Poplar Docks. c.1890-1910.
Automatic tea-making machine
Automatic tea-making machine, comprising wooden base which holds the alarm clock, kettle tilter and methylated spirit stove, with flat oval-shaped copper kettle, patented by Frank Clarke of Birmingham, in 1902 (pat.15,170) and made by the Automatic Water Boiler Co., Birmingham, England, 1902-1910.
Bottle of Salvarsan treatment for syphilis, London, England, 1909-1914
Materia Medica & Pharmacology
Bottle of Salvarsan manufactured by Burroughs Wellcome & Company with dummy packaging labelled 'Kharsivan', London, England, 1909-1914
Henry Babbage's Analytical Engine Mill, 1910.
Computing & Data Processing
Henry Babbage's analytical engine (incomplete), with various spare parts and patterns for casting
Campbell-Stokes type burning-glass sunshine recorder, 1899
Campbell-Stokes sunshine recorder by Short and Mason, 40 Hatton Garden, London, 1899
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)
Electric light switch, 1890-1920
Brass topped wall switch with bar lever, unsigned, United Kingdom, 1890-1920.
Model of ancient Egyptian funerary boat with two oars
Model, scale 1:10, of ancient Egyptian funerary boat with two ceremonial oars; copied from XII Dynasty boat found at Dahshur in 1893, now in the Cairo Museum, unsigned, 1893-1915
'Pills & Tablets' box, London, England, 1916
Materia Medica & Pharmacology
Tin box for medicine bottles, probably from WWI British Military pattern medicine or First Aid chest, by Burgoyne Burbidges & Co, 1916
Wheelchair, United Kingdom, 1910-1920
Handcranked chaindriven wheelchair, by Richards(?), United Kingdom, 1910-1920.
Set of glass pipettes made by Sir Almroth Wright for use in research, London, England, 1902-1914
Set of glass pipettes made by Sir Almroth Wright (1861-1947), bacteriologist and founder of modern vaccine-therapy, for use in research undertaken at St Mary's Hospital Paddington, London, c.1910.
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
Model, railway layout, Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Signalling School
Model railway layout, gauge 1, Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Signalling School, built 1912, by L&YR and Bassett-Lowke Ltd, with associated equipment.
A Manufacturing Town
Laurence Stephen Lowry
A Manufacturing Town' by L. S. Lowry, 1922. Oil on panel, signed and dated, bottom left. An industrial cityscape in the spirit of a northern town such as the artist's native Salford. The artist combines elements of factory buildings, mine heads, smoking chimneys, busy street life and civic pride.
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.
Electricity and Magnetism
Electrostatic generator, known as a Wimshurst machine, made by William Satchell in Manchester, c.1920, invented by James Whimshurst 1880 - 1883, produces a high voltage by building up a charge of static electricity, used to demonstrate electrostatic sparks and properties of electricity.
AK Home Cinema toy projector
AK toy cine projector for 100 foot reels of 35mm film. Serial Number K745A on flywheel. Light source missing. Single condenser lens. Maltese Cross driven intermittent sprocket, hand turnde, no shutter. Wire frame springs for tensionin film. Single projection lens, provision for small lantern slides. Elevating foot. Maybe by Johann Falk, Nurnberg (see ACR 508).
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
Pakistan Railways steam locomotive
Locomotives and Rolling Stock
Pakistan Railways steam locomotive, no. 3157, made at the Vulcan Foundry, Newton-le-Willows, c. 1911, with accompanying illustrative transfers.
‘Archer’ electric kettle, around 1902
‘Archer’ electric kettle made in Birmingham by Premier Electric Heaters, around 1902.
model steam locomotive
Model steam locomotive, 1/16 scale, North Eastern Railway 2-4-0 'Tennant' No.1463, c.1890.
Sullivan patent portable galvanometer
Electricity and Magnetism
Sullivan patent portable galvanometer
A fibre-cone peg leg for left above knee amputee
A fibre-cone peg leg for left above knee amputee. Designed by Major Lightfoot during the 1914-18 War. Note the very wide thick suspension strap. This is an army belt which the patient must have fitted sometime after wearing the pylon. N.B. these were normally jointed at the knee. This one has had the outer steel replaced by a non-jointed one. (Weight: 8.25 lbs 3.7 kg).
Robinson Air Engine, 1914
Heat Engines (non steam)
One Robinson's patent Hot Air Engine, part sectioned, size B4, complete with burner.
Marconi 1.5kW Transmitter used by 2LO
Marconi 1.5kW transmitter, Marconi Company Limited, Chelmsford, 1922. Used by the BBC London station 2LO between 1922 and 1925, as rebuilt c.1954 incorporating some non-original but contemporary components
Whole model of H.M. first class battleship 'Lord Nelson'
Whole model, scale 1:48, of twin-screw H.M. first class battleship 'Lord Nelson' (built 1906-1908) in glazed mahogany case, with six legged mahogany table (see note). Made by Palmers Shipbuilding and Iron Co., Jarrow, South Tyneside, Tyne and Wear, England, United Kingdom, 1906-1910.