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Self acting spinning mule, made by Platt Brothers & Co. Ltd, Oldham, 1927 and used at Elk Mill in Oldham until September 1974 when mule spinning operations there ceased.
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. 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.
Three-valve radio receiver, 1922-1925
Three-valve receiver used in a Derbyshire colliery test, unknown maker, Derby, England, 1922-1925. Ref. Wireless World 2/12/22 p.314
'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.
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.
Rorschach Inkblot Test, Bern Switzerland, 1942
Psychology, Psychiatry & Anthropometry
Set of ten Rorschach inkblot test cards in cardboard case, printed by Hans Huber, Bern, Switzerland, 1921-1950
Framed poster advocating vaccination against smallpox
Public Health & Hygiene
Framed poster advocating vaccination against smallpox, c. 1923
No. I.T. Morse tape printer, 1925
No. I.T. Morse tape printer, manufactured by Creed and Company Limited, Croydon, London, England, 1925
Replica of Pascal's calculator
Replica made by E. Rognon, Paris of Blaise Pascal's first calculating machine, held by the Conservatoire National de Art et Metiers, Paris.
Crystal radio receiver
'Goltone' crystal radio receiver, made by Ward & Goldstone Ltd, Salford, c.1923.
Brownie crystal receiver and pair of Lissen headphones, 1924-1927
Brownie crystal receiver and pair of Lissen headphones, made by the J W B Wireless Company and Lissen Limited, London, England, 1924-1927
Primax moving iron loudspeaker, 1924-1927
Primax loud speaker (sectioned), made by the Sterling Telephone and Electric Company Limited, Dagenham, London, England, 1924-1927
two-valve short wave radio - telephonic receiver, 1927
Two-valve, short wave radio - telephonic receiver, made for the Science Museum by Frederick H Walker, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England, 1927
Type C crystal radio receiver
Type C crystal radio receiver, made by British Thomson-Houston Co. Ltd, Rugby, c.1925.
Great Western Railway steam locomotive 'King George V' 4-6-0 King class, No 6000, 1927
Locomotives and Rolling Stock
Steam locomotive, No 6000, ‘King George V’, King Class, 4-6-0, Great Western Railway, designed by Charles B. Collett, built at Swindon Works in 1927, withdrawn in 1962. Length over buffers: 68' 2"; width: 8' 12"; weight: 89 tons; driving wheel diameter: 6’ 6”.
'Cat's whisker' Crystal Radio
'Cat's whisker' crystal radio set with single headphone and original crystal, made by the Scientific Wireless Company, Manchester, and purchased in 1924-25.
Savoy Hill 'Meat Safe' Microphone Stand
Savoy Hill "Meat Safe" microphone stand for the Marconi-Sykes Magnetophone type microphone, made by Marconi's Wireless Telegraphy Company Limited, probably Chelmsford, Essex, England, 1923
Wooden prosthetic hand with rigid fingers
Wooden hand with rigid fingers and semi-opposed tenon thumb. Certalmid wrist section. Made by Steeper, c.1920.
'Caerphilly Castle' Steam locomotive
Locomotives and Rolling Stock
Steam locomotive and tender, Great Western Railway 4-6-0 No 4073 "Caerphilly Castle".
Roving frame, made by Platt Brothers & Co. Ltd, Oldham, 1927, and used at Elk Mill, Royton.
V2A Marconiphone receiver (long-range model) , 1922-1924
V2A Marconiphone receiver, long-range model, chassis manufactured by Plessey Company Limited, radio manufactured by Marconiphone Company Limited, Chelmsford, Essex, England, 1922-1924
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)
Experimental television receiver used by JL Baird in demonstration, made 1925-1926
Television receiving apparatus, made by John Logie Baird, British, made 1925-1926. Used by Baird in the demonstration given by him to members of the Royal Institution and others at Baird’s laboratories at 22 Frith Street, Soho, on 26 January 1926. It consists of a disc, perforated with 30 holes in a spiral, which is arranged to rotate at the same time as a picture scanning disk at the transmitting end. The signals from the transmitter vary in intensity and were sent to the neon lamp in the receiver, where they were made to modulate the light from the neon lamp.
Amplion loud speaker with wooden horn, 1925
Amplion loud speaker with wooden horn, made by Graham Amplion Limited, Slough, England, 1925
Desk telephone transmitter and receiver (sectioned), 1926.
Sectioned desk telephone transmitter and receiver, made by the Automatic Telephone Manufacturing Company, Edge Hill, Liverpool, England, 1926
Heurtley magnifier, 1919
Heurtley magnifier, made by Muirhead and Company Limited, Beckenham, London, England, 1919. Ex Submarine Cable Exhibition, 1950.
Popular Wireless no. 1 vol. 1, 1922
'Popular Wireless' magazine, no. I vol. 1, 3rd June 1922, published by Amalgamated Press Limited, England, 1922
Kelvinator electric compression domestic refrigera
Kelvinator electric compression domestic refrigerator no 5534, an example of the first self-contained electric refrigerators, used anhydrous sulphur dioxide as refrigerant, by Kelvinator, Detroit, Michigan, USA , 1926
The Terminus (Penzance Station)
Pictorial Collection (Railway)
Painting, oil on canvas, The Terminus (Penzance Station) by Stanhope Alexander Forbes, 1925. Painting shows a busy station platform from a high view point. This includes carriages, passengers and posters. The sea wall, houses and fields can be seen beyond the platform. Framed and glazed.
Black candlestick telephone
Black candlestick telephone No. 2 with transmitter no. 1, 1920.
John Logie Baird's test subject 'Stookie Bill'
'Stookie / Stooky Bill' ventiloquist's dummy head. From The Plessey Museum.
Main part of Marconi 1.5KW transmitter from 2LO
Main part of Marconi 1.5kW transmitter (minus central rack), 1922, used by the BBC London station 2LO between 1922 and 1925, as rebuilt c.1954.
Two-wire telephone repeater, 1923-1925
Two-wire telephone repeater, made by Standard Telephones and Cables in collaboration with Western Electric Company, British, 1923-1925
Metal case containing glass tubes from 'Tabloid' first aid kit
Materia Medica & Pharmacology
Metal case containing six glass tubes (pts 3-8) for tablets, by Burroughs Wellcome and Co. , English
Radio Times volume 1 No. 1, 1923
Radio Times volume 1 No. 1, produced by the British Broadcasting Company and published by George Newnes Limited, England, 1923
Hailwood's type 01 miner's lam
Hailwood's type 01 miner's lamp, with blue glass, made by Ackroyd and Best Ltd, Leeds, c.1925
H.M.V. portable gramophone model 101, 1925.
H.M.V. portable gramophone model 101, 1925.
Pathé Baby projector
Projector for 9.5mm film in projection chargers. Double claw intermittent, automatic take up in glazed chamber. Hand turned. Hand rewind. Lamp resistance in base. Sensor for notched films. Filter wheel before lens for tinting - orange, yellow, green, pink, cyan and clear sections. No 176566. Pathe. Loaded with exposed film.
Model of the periodic system of de Chancourtois
Model demonstrating the telluric screw periodic system of Alexander-Emile Beguyer de Chancourtois proposed in a paper published in 1862.
child's china tea plate, 1922-1923
Child's china teaplate, with cartoon bearing the legend "2ZY Manchester calling", unknown maker, British, 1922-1923
BBC printing stamp
BBC printing stamp issued to the Willesden Wireless Company, British, 1922-1924.
The Psychological Corporation
active 1921-1947, publisher of psychological assessments, American
Director switching device, 1927
Director switching device, made by the Automatic Telephone Manufacturing Company, Edge Hill, Liverpool, 1927. From the first London director exchange at Holborn.
Telephone crossbar switch, Swedish Ericsson, 1921
Telephone crossbar switch, made by Swedish Ericsson, Stockholm, Sweden, 1921
Demonstration radio receiver
Demonstration broadcast receiver, unsigned, United Kingdom, 1926
Floor-standing telephone exchange
Floor-standing telephone exchange made by Allmänna Telefonaktiebolaget L. M. Ericsson, Stockholm c. 1920.