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Glass necklace worn to prevent bronchitis, Greenwich, London, 1914
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
London bronchitis necklet, Greenwich, London, 1914
'Electric tonic' amusement machine, Europe, 1915-1925
Electric tonic amusement machine c.1920
Artificial left arm, Europe, 1925-1935
Left below elbow arm, leather socket, suspended by means of a narrow leather upper-arm band. Oval wrist with screw-on wooden hand, articulated fingers and tenon thumb. Palm-box fitting in which a fork has been positioned. It is presumed the wearer had limited elbow movement hence the unusual position of the fork. Date & origin unknown, probably 1930's but repaired more recently by Steepers.
Locomotives and Rolling Stock Components
Enamel notice, Great Southern & Western Railway of Ireland, "Please do not spit in the carriages", pale blue and white, rectangular, 4 1/2 inches x 16 inches, 115 x 408 mm.
Ceramic teaching doll to show treatment for polio
Doll, ceramic infant doll, encased within a full body-length, supported plaster cast, probably used to demonstrate to child patients their prospective treatment for scoliosis, polio or skeletal TB with accompanying large and small descriptive labels, from the Lord Mayor Treloar Orthopaedic Hospital, Alton, Hampshire, England, 1930-1950
Colt's stretcher for narrow trenches
Nursing & Hospital Furnishings
Colt's stretcher for narrow trenches, first World War, British, 1915-1918
Transistorized audio-frequency telephone amplifier, 1955
Transistorized audio-frequency telephone amplifier, probably designed and made at the Post Office Research Centre at Dollis Hill, London, England, 1955.
Radiation protection apron
Lead apron, for use as protection for X-ray technician, 1920 to 1958
Brooch to avert the evil eye
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
Amuletic brooch, operculum of shell in metal rim with pin, to avert Evil Eye, European, possibly Italian, 1900-1914
Holy medallion used as an amulet
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
Holy medallion, tin, used as amulet, English, 1900-1916
first sealed-off travelling wave tube, 1945-1946
First sealed-off travelling wave tube, made by Rudolf Kompfner, England, 1945-1946
'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.
Portable "Spinney" transistor radio by Perdio Radi
Portable "Spinney" transistor radio by Perdio Radio Co., England, 1965.
Mitral and aortic replacement heart valves, 1960s.
Starr-Edwards mitral and aortic artificial heart valves, used, possibly English, (without bottle), 1968-1969
Morse key with send-receive switch, 1900-1920
Morse key with send-receive switch, made by the General Post Office, British, 1900-1920
Table instrument with dial, 1903
Table instrument with dial, made by the Clark Automatic Telephone Company, United States, 1903. From automatic interdepartmental telephone switchboard installed at Guy's Hospital, February, 1903
pole climbing irons, 1900-1960
Pole climbing irons for single pole, probably made by the General Post Office, British, 1900-1960
Artificial right arm
Right above elbow heavy duty prosthesis with a blocked leather socket, (not the original). Dural elbow unit with internal/external rotation mechanism and lock (by means of ball-headed pin set on outer side). Detachable metal forearm section, released by rotation of the knurled ring. Similar ring at wrist, rotating externally releases the hand or other terminal device. Rotating the ring in the opposite direction locks the devices. Webbing appendages. The leather flexion cord passes through the back of the elbow and is attached to the stem on the upper part of the forearm. Certalmid hand with index and middle fingers suitably spaced at the base to permit a pen to be held. Fully opposed thumb with a groove at the tip for this purpose. Made by Blatchford, dated 9 December 1943.
‘School telephone’ in polished wood case, 1921-1940
'School telephone' in polished wood case, FH33-234 no.222, made by the General Post Office, British, 1921-1940
Ashtray and matchbox holder advertising the Eastern Telegraph Company, 1901-1929
Globe ashtray with matchbox stand marked A. W. Savill and Co. 'Send your telegrams via Eastern', probably made by A. W. Savill and Co, British, 1901-1929
Gecophone crystal detector radio set no. 1, 1923
Gecophone crystal detector radio set no. 1, complete with instruction handbook, made by the General Electric Company Limited, British, 1923. Instruction handbook not mentioned in the nominal file (4868), nor on the form 100. Polished mahogany case with a lift up lid and ebonite control panel with a tuning knob and a lever to adjust the detector. The Gecophone Crystal Set No 1 is a simple variometer turned crystal receiver and has connection points for the aerial, earth and headphones.
706L telephone, 1959-1967
706L telephone in blue, PL59/2, designed by the General Post Office and Ericsson Telephones Limited, British, 1959-1967.
Cut-away model of the T.S. 'Olympic', 1910-1937
Cut-away model, scale 1:144, of the triple-screw passenger liner, the T.S. 'Olympic' (1910), with painted panel showing the inner compartments with passengers, made by Bassett-Lowke Limited, Northampton, Northamptonshire, England, 1910-1937
'Radio Times' volume 119 (Coronation Edition)
June 1953 'Coronation Edition' of the Radio Times, published by BBC Magazines, British, 1953. No. 1542 Special Coronation number, North of England Edition
Portable fluoroscope, Europe, 1912-1922
Portable fluoroscope, by Pattersons X-ray screens, circa 1917
Pair of 'swivel-walkers' designed for a child born with no lower limbs, United Kingdom, 1966
Pair of "swivel-walkers" designed for another child, born with complete absence of lower limbs (amelia). Designed at the Ontario Crippled Childrens Centre - Canada and modified in U.K. Made by Fletcher/Hanger 1966.
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.
Towelling loom, made by the British Northrop Loom Co. Ltd, Blackburn, 1947.
Pair of climbers for climbing telegraph poles
Signalling & Telecommunications
Pair climbers for climbing telegraph poles; made at Doncaster Works for J.H. Borrett from "Flying Scotsman" tyre steel in 1948; steel bar with silver steel points, leather straps and pads.
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.
Eight-day astronomical longcase clock by Thomas Vickery
Dead-beat escapement longcase clock by Thomas Vickery in a solid oak case. The painted brass dial shows the hours and minutes, equation-of-time, times of sunrise and sunset, the age and phases of the moon, position of the principal constellations, the sun' s place in the ecliptic and has a perpetual calendar. The three-train movement strikes the hours and chimes the quarters. The musical train plays every three hours, a different tune every day: a hymn each Sunday. The tunes chosen are those played by Bath Abbey clock, Bath being Vickery’s birthplace. Seconds pendulum with invar rod. Bridgnorth, Shropshire, 1931
Magnifying stereoscope, 1940
F-71 magnifying stereoscope, made by Fairchild Aviation Corporation, Jamaica, New York, United States, 1940
Hopper bale opener
Hopper bale opener, made by Platt Brothers & Co. Ltd, Oldham, 1955 and used at Bank Top Mill in Oldham.
Cops of spun cotton yarn made on a spinning mule, around 1960.
Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Contraception
Black plastic cervical cap, 1950-1960
Nutrition & Food Technology
Galvanised bath, for emergency feeding purposes, 1945-1955
papermaking machine model
Model of a Fourdrinier-type papermaking machine made by Bertrams Sciennes Ltd, Edinburgh. On this machine, pulp or stuff passes through a rotary strainer before flowing over the brest box and onto the moving wire gauze. The wire is shaken from side to side to help interlock the fibres. The water drains out through the wire gauze as it passes over the rollers and more is drawn out by a vacuum suction box. At the end of the wire the wet sheet of paper is pressed and transferred to a moving felt blanket. This passes under a heavy marble roller to press the paper again. From this press the paper is transferred to another felt blanket and passed over cylinders filled with steam to dry it. To give a smooth finish, the paper may be passed through Calendar rolls before being reeled up.
Smiths De Luxe wristwatch worn by Sir Edmund Hillary on his ascent of Mount Everest 1953
Wristwatch by Smiths English Clocks Ltd. Steel waterproof case by the Dennison Watch Case Co. Silvered dial with a subsidiary seconds dial and signed ‘Smiths De Luxe'. 15 jewel lever-escapement movement. Cheltenham, England, 1953.
Primax moving iron loudspeaker, 1924-1927
Primax loud speaker (sectioned), made by the Sterling Telephone and Electric Company Limited, Dagenham, London, England, 1924-1927
Post Office telephone kiosk No. 6, 1936-1968
Post Office telephone kiosk No. 6, introduced in 1936, with crown motifs to top panels (the Queen's Crown of Scotland), designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott for the General Post Office, made by the Carron Company, Falkirk, Scotland, c.1971
German two-load left split-hook prosthesis attachment
German two-load left split-hook. Made by Otto Bock c.1940.
Ring spinning frame
Ring spinning frame, made by Platt Brothers & Co. Ltd, Oldham, 1901, and used at Brooklands Mill, Leigh.
Hospital bed cycle
Designed in 1949 by Dr. Ludwig Guttmann, a Jewish Neuro-Surgeon who escaped to England with his family in 1939. The Bed cycle was used as an exercise bike for both paraplegics and tetraplegics. It was made by Metal Products Ltd., Carshalton, Surrey. This specimen was first used at The Chaseley Trust for Disabled Ex-Servicemen, Eastbourne, Sussex in 1946 and last used by a tetraplegic in 1994
instruction booklet for Cosmos crystal receiver, 1920-1930
Instruction booklet for Cosmos crystal receiver, made by the Metropolitan-Vickers Electrical Company, Trafford, Manchester, England, 1920-1930
Pye Band III converter, type F124, 1955-1960
Pye Band III converter, type F124, made by Pye Limited, East Anglia, England, 1955-1960
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.
Canvas cover for 'Tabloid' first aid super pocket kit used on US Antarctic expedition
Materia Medica & Pharmacology
Waterproof canvas cover with tabloid first aid super pocket kit, by Burroughs Wellcome & Co (USA) Inc, used by Finn Ronne on U.S. Antarctic expedition of 1939-1941, with letter about the kit from Burroughs Wellcome