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Left prosthetic leg, Cyprus, 1914-1918
Left metal below knee prosthesis with leather thigh corset made for a Cypriot truck driver during 1914-18 War. Made in Cyprus.
McKay artificial left arm
A McKay all-metal arm for a left above elbow amputation, designed for heavy work. Duralumin socket and forearm, connected by jointed side steels. The elbow joint operates around a metal arc with holes for six locking positions. The lock may be released and kept free by means of a crude gate-hinged device which fits onto a projecting pin on the side steel. The wrist rotary has a snap fitting mechanism, for easy removal of the hand, or any other terminal device. The eyelet holes, in the front of the socket and forearm, are for elastic laces which act as an elbow 'pick-up' and as a clothing protector. This prosthesis is fitted with an all-rubber hand and heavy-duty harness appendages. Made by McKay on 28 April 1920. N.B. The name on the arm label refers to James Morrison who had a financial interest in the McKay business. (Weight: 2.25 lbs 1.25 kg)
model locomotive, London & North Western Railway Claughton class
Model steam locomotive, 1/16 scale, London & North Western Railway `Claughton' class 4-6-0 No.1160 `Sir Gilbert Claughton', liveried as LMS No.5900, prototype built 1913, model built 1913 at Crewe Works, ex LNWR collection, with cutaway smokebox.
Model Great Western Railway locomotive, "Gooch"
Model steam locomotive, 1/16 scale, Great Western Railway `Armstrong' class 4-4-0 No 8 'Gooch', 1905, Churchward rebuild of the Dean 'No.7' class of 1894.
Model railway carriage, 3rd class smoking compartment
Model Railway Carriage, London & South Western Railway, 3rd class smoking compartment, with lavatory and communicating door, as exhibited in connection with the murder trial of George Parker who killed William Pearson on January 17th 1901 between Surbiton and Vauxhall.
'Lucky Jim' toy cat mascot
'Lucky Jim' toy cat mascot, formerly owned by Jack Alcock and with him during the first non-stop transatlantic flight in 1919.
Experimental form 1 (Licence to use Wireless Telegraph), 1905
Experimental form 1 (Licence to use Wireless Telegraph for Experimental purposes) dated 14 November 1905 and made out to Ernest Dundas Gledall Esq BSc, issued by the General Post Office on behalf of the Postmaster General, British, 1905
'Openshaw' artificial wooden hand
"Openshaw" wooden carrying hand with a tenon thumb. The index and middle fingers are articulated at the metacarpo-phalangeal and proximal inter-phalangeal joints. The ring and little fingers are rigid and slightly flexed with a steel palmar reinforcement, which extends into the palm. The wrist is oval with a screw fitment for attachment to the prosthetic arm. Made by Anderson & Whitelaw c.1919.
Maxim's 'Pipe of Peace', 1909-1910
One of two boxed sets of Maxim's inhaler, Sir Hiram Maxims "Pipe of Peace", with drug prepared by John Morgan Richards and Sons Ltd., London, 1909-1910
Artificial left arm, United Kingdom, 1914-1916
Arm for a long left below elbow stump. Soft leather socket with 'U-shaped' jointed side steels incorporating a sliding elbow lock, sited on the outer side and fitted to an adjustable leather upper arm 'corset' with wide front aperture. The terminal device has a spline fitting allowing it to be locked or to rotate freely. This is a double hook incorporating a circular hole above, probably for agricultural use. Probably made by Anderson & Whitelaw c.1914-1916.
'VeeDee' Mechanical vibrator, London, England, 1900-1915
Mechanical ' VeeDee' vibrator, cased by J.E. Garratt, London, English, 1900-1915
Ford Model T car
1912 Ford Model T motor car, made in Trafford Park, Manchester.
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.
De Forest syntoniser, 1902-1907
De Forest Syntonizer, probably made by the American DeForest Wireless Telegraph Company, Maine, United States, 1902-1907
Tri-composite railway carriage
Locomotives and Rolling Stock
Railway carriage, London & South Western Railway, tri-composite, No 3598, built at Eastleigh in 1903.
Edison 'Gem' phonograph, 1903.
Edison "Gem" phonograph and 12 records, 1903.
Braiding machine made around 1900, used at Croft Mill, Manchester.
Felt and Tarrant Comptometer, 1887.
Comptometer, early form (wooden box), 72 keys numbered, plate on top of box engraved " Trade Comptometer mark, Patd. July 19th 1887, Oct 11th 1887, Jan 8th 1889, June 11th 1889, Nov 25th 1890, Dec 15th 1891, Felt & Tarrant Manufacturing Co., Chicago"
Cotton bale breaker
Cotton bale breaker, made by Platt Brothers & Co. Ltd, Oldham, 1911 and used in the Textile Technology Department at UMIST.
Bell and Howell 2709 Model B 35mm cine camera
Bell & Howell 2709 cine camera, Model B. Standard Cinemachinery 35mm cine camera. With 4 lens turret, (original lenses are missing (fitted with lens Astro lens 1990-5036/3197). Gate and claw intermittent mechanism missing. Single sprocket. External magazines (2) 400 foot. Hand turned (handle missing), 8 and 1 frame shafts. Variable shutter 170 - 0 degrees. Preset or operated continuously by lever and gear attachment (missing). Rotary footage counter. Critical focuser. Ground glass insert behind turret, opposite taking lens. Thin slot for masks before gate. Shoe for viewfinder. Patents Sept 17 1912 and Feb 13 1917, no 5687. Serial No 932. Originally sold to the Ruby Camera Exchange in New York on 31 August 1929. Has ultra speed movement number 282 in it, which usually meant it was to be used for some kind of instrumentation as it would shoot slow motion images.
General Electric CA101 Pilotron triode (McVitie Weston valve collection), 1918
General Electric CA101 Pilotron triode, C base, made by the General Electric Company Limited, United States, 1918. McVitie Weston number = RMW/B31
Replica of a hobby-horse cycle
Copy of a hobby-horse cycle in the possession of the Duke of Northumberland.
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.
Original vacuum cleaner, from to Royal Naval College
Original vacuum cleaner, supplied to Royal Naval College, Osborne, c.1905
Model of Great Central Railway "Atlantic" Express Locomotive
1903 (original); 1982 (model)
Model, scale 1:8.7, of 4-4-2 locomotive, Great Central Railway, designed by J. G. Robinson, 1905. With 6-wheeled tender.
carriage ashtray from Quintinshill disaster
Miscellanea & Curiosities
Railway carriage ashtray, brass, mounted on wooden plinth with brass plate engraved ‘Quintinshill 1915’, made by Thomas Henry Barnfather Smith.
Intermediate frame, made by Platt Brothers & Co. Ltd, Oldham, 1907, and used at Roy Mill, Royton.
Silicon crystal for wireless telegraphy, mounted in a locket, 1906-1916
Silicon crystal for wireless telegraphy, mounted in a locket, unknown maker, England, 1906-1916
James Mackenzie’s first polygraph, United Kingdom, 1906-1910
Mackenzie's first polygraph, complete
'Italian Navy' detector, 1899-1901
Carbon-mercury-iron semiconductor diode detector, of the type invented by J C Bose in 1899, modified version, unknown maker, 1899-1901. Known as the ‘Italian Navy coherer’, used by G Marconi in Newfoundland to receive the first wireless communication across the Atlantic, December 1901.
Hull Corporation telephone, 1900-1910
Hull Corporation telephone, made by the Elektrisk Bureau, Oslo, Norway, 1900-1910
Anti-mosquito spray gun
Public Health & Hygiene
Anti-mosquito spray gun, metal, by R. Sumner and Co. of Liverpool, 1914-1918
Amulet, hand of King Edward
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
Amulet, King Edward's hand, metal, gilt, supposedly worn by man of a London regiment, from Lovett collection, English, 1914-1918
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
Akeley cine camera
Akeley 35mm cine camera with tripod and panning head, Akeley Camera Co, No 153, 1917.
Bioscope 35-mm cine-projector
Bioscope 35-mm cine-projector, made by Aubrey Franks, Manchester, c.1900.
No. 3A Folding Pocket Kodak camera
No. 3A Folding Pocket Kodak camera, made by the Canadian Kodak Co. Ltd, Toronto, 1905 and used by Jack Alcock.
East Coast Joint Stock passenger brake van
Locomotives and Rolling Stock
Brake van, East Coast Joint Stock, passenger bogie brake van, No 109. Great Northern Railway design to diagram number 38, teak bodied, built Doncaster 1908, ex Royal Train, originally numbered 82, withdrawn 1976 and overhauled by British Rail Engineering Limited Doncaster in 1977.
Blue glass condom mould
Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Contraception
Blue glass condom mould for rubber or latex moulding, reputedly from a manufacturing and chemist shop supplier Durrant & Sons, Bristol, England, 1900-1920
Holmes-type stereo viewer (patents 1902, 1903, 1904). 'The mercury stereoscope'. Aluminium lens mount and chased aluminium hood, velvet edged. In heavy carton with 63 dollotype colour printed stereo cards of chocolate box designs, priced. With broken leather strap and carrying handle. Underwood and Underwood.
Prosthetic arm, London, 1903-1913
Arm made for a 16 year old girl with a congenital right below elbow amputation, (transverse terminal hemimelia). Because of limited elbow flexion a free-swinging leather cup socket was fitted. The forearm is connected to a lace-up arm corset by side steels thus providing the wearer with full flexion. There is an oval wrist and the rotary face has a 'key-fitting' for a wooden hand with articulated fingers and tenon thumb. In the palm there is a box-fitting to hold eating utensils and other devices. A small plain carrying-hook is in situ. Suspension is by means of a leather shoulder saddle and single strap designed to pass under the opposite axilla. Made by C.A. Hoefftoke, London c.1908.
Ford model T Tourer car, Reg. No. PP7963, Engine No. 1,122,607
Ford model T Tourer car, Reg. No. PP7963, Engine No. 1,122,607, by Ford Motor Company, Detroit, Wayne county, Michigan, United States, 1916
Shell fragment used as an amulet, Germany, 1910-1914
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
Shell fragment, metal, used as charm, German, 1910-1914, from Lovett collection
Obsidian possibly used in trephination experiments
One piece of obsidian, possibly used as trephining instrument by Dr. T. Wilson Parry, in experiments on neolithic trephination, England, 1918-1920
Receiver printer for stock exchange printing telegraph, 1907
Receiver printer, or stock ticker, for Stock Exchange printing telegraph, No. 5187, made by the Exchange Telegraph Company, England, 1907
Stock ticker for Stock exchange printing telegraph, 1907
Receiver printer, or stock ticker, for Stock Exchange printing telegraph, No. 5022, made by the Exchange Telegraph Company, England, 1907
selector switch, 1903
Selector switch, made by the Clark Automatic Telephone Company, United States, 1903. From automatic interdepartmental telephone switchboard installed at Guy's Hospital, February, 1903
'Leiber's Five Letter American Telegraph Code', book issued 1915
Telegraph code book, 'Lieber's Five Letter American Telegraph Code' by B Franklin Lieber, published by The Lieber Code Company Limited, New York, United States, 1915. Number 22711 hand-stamped on front fly-leaf