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Strowger calling dial, 1906
Calling dial from a Strowger telephone, manufactured by the Automatic Electric Company, United States, 1906.
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.
Wall mounted amusement arcade machine
Public Health & Hygiene
Amusement arcade machine, for wall mounting, with central targets marked either 'won' or 'lost', activated via penny (1d) slot and rewarded winning players with a cigarette payout, no maker indicated but probably made in UK, c. 1930-1940.
Colt's stretcher for narrow trenches
Nursing & Hospital Furnishings
Colt's stretcher for narrow trenches, first World War, British, 1915-1918
‘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
232 telephone, 1934-1957
Telephone 1/232CB S55/2 in ivory, unknown maker for the General Post Office, British, 1934-1957
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
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
Portable fluoroscope, Europe, 1912-1922
Portable fluoroscope, by Pattersons X-ray screens, circa 1917
'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.
Haemoglobin 8.26, Festival Pattern Group navy blue and white fabric
Sample of roller-printed viscose rayon marocain dress fabric, navy blue and white, Osman brand, based on Max Perutz's crystallography, haemoglobin 8.26, nested hexagonal motif surrounded by circles, made by Barlow & Jones Ltd., Manchester, England, 1950-1951. Based on the X-ray crystallographic pattern of the haemoglobin molecule. From a collection of 83 samples designed for the 1951 Festival of Britain.
first sealed-off travelling wave tube, 1945-1946
First sealed-off travelling wave tube, made by Rudolf Kompfner, England, 1945-1946
Vessel for growing mould, used in Oxford, England, 1942
Penicillin surface fermentation vessel, European, 1940-44, in porcelain.
Bottle of water from the River Jordan
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
Bottle of water from the River Jordan at the site of the baptism of Christ, collected in March, 1930
'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.
Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Contraception
Marine sponge, for use as vaginal pessary, possibly English, 1920-1960
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
200 series dial telephone, 1925-1935
200 series dial telephone, black, dial marked with letters and numerals, unknown maker for the General Post Office, England, 1925-1935
Sargrove sprayed circuit radio receiver production prototype, 1936-1948
Sargrove sprayed circuit radio receiver (production prototype), made by John Sargrove, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England, 1936-1948.
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.
Loewe multiple valve radio receiver, 1926-1935
Loewe multiple valve radio receiver fitted with one coil and one valve, made by Loewe and Company, Tottenham, London, England, 1926-1935
Ekco AD36 radio receiver in phenolic plastic case, 1935
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
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
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.
Sign, "Railway Street" - ex York City
1930 - 1960
A City of York Council sign for 'Railway Street', removed when it was renamed 'George Hudson Street' in 1971.
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.
Artificial kidney machine, France, 1955
Rotating coil artificial kidney machine, Necker Hospital model, effectively a French-manufactured Kolff-Brigham type, made by Societe Usifroid, Paris, c.1955, and used from that date at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School, Hammersmith Hospital, London.
Kendrew's original model of the myoglobin molecule
The original model of the myoglobin molecule, (the first ever to be made of protein molecule) constructed in plasticine in 1957 by Dr. J.C. (later Sir John) Kendrew; the contorted cylindrical shape, showing the track of polypeptide chain, is supported by wooden rods protruding from a pegboard base; an attached label reads "Medical Research/ Laboratory of Molecular Biology/Cambridge"; dimensions of base 18" x 1 1/2"; overall height 8 1/2"
Picture and waveform monitor and camera control chassis for the Marconi Mk II television camera, 1950-1955
Picture and waveform monitor B.D. 627C, plus camera control chassis B.D. 626E for the Marconi Mk II television camera, made by Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Company, Chelmsford, Essex, England, 1950-1955
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
Glass necklace worn to prevent bronchitis, Chelsea, London, England, 1914
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
London bronchitis necklet, Chelsea, London, English 1914
Milk van, Great Western Railway
Locomotives and Rolling Stock
Milk Van, Great Western Railway, 14 ton bogie milk van, 'Siphon G', No. 2775, built Swindon Works, date authorised 17th March 1936, date to traffic 24th November 1936, date condemned 23rd March 1957. [Built to diagram number GWR Carriage 033, post war rebuilt to diagram number 059, construction span 1926-1955, number built 205].
Replicas of Alexander Graham Bell's 1879 'Patent Office' telephone, 1959
Replica of Bell's 'Patent-office' telephone of 1876, made by Science Museum Workshops, South Kensington, London, England, 1959
Marconi-Sykes Magnetophone, Serial Number 271376, made by Marconi's Wireless Telegraphy Company Limited, probably Chelmsford, Essex, England, 1923. Very early moving coil microphone, DC energised. Uses the large flat coil as the diaphragm. Used at the BBC's early studio at Savoy Hill. This example is missing the coil.
Specimen of the first transatlantic telephone cable, deep sea type, 1956
Specimen of the first transatlantic telephone cable, deep-sea type, made by Submarine Cables Limited, Erith, London, England, 1956.