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Original cavity magnetron, developed by John Randa
Original cavity magnetron, developed by John Randall and Henry Boot in 1940, with spare anode block.
Type L1 lip microphone
Lip microphone Type L1, specially designed by the BBC and manufactured by Marconi, 1937. In box with equaliser.
Six-20 Kodak Folding Camera
A Six-20 model A bellows folding camera, made by Kodak Limited, with an Epsilon shutter.
Padded cell from psychiatric ward, Farnborough Hospital
Psychology, Psychiatry & Anthropometry
Complete padded cell (nine panels, door, base, gutters, and other components) built to fit a room at Farnborough Hospital, made by Pocock Brothers, 235 Southwark Bridge Road, London, England, 1936-1970. Padded with horsehair and coated with a rubberised (presumably waterproof) coating, now flaking.
Collecting aluminium pots and pans to make aeroplanes
A photograph of men working on a huge mound of aluminium pots, pans and other domestic items, given by the public in response to an appeal by the Ministry for Aircraft Production in July 1940.
Singer surgical stitching instrument
Singer surgical stitching instrument, stainless steel and ebonite, with accessories, in folding leather case, made in USA, 1943
Kine Exakta camera
Single lens reflex camera for 35mm film, 24 x 36mm. Fitted with a Zeiss Tessar lens F: 5cm f/2.8 Nr.2239513 (coated in 1956). Fabric focal plane shutter 12, 11, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1/2/10/25/50/100/150/250/500/1000/B/T. Delayed action on all speeds below 6 secs. REflex focusing. Folding hood with magnifier and frame sports finder. Built in film knife. Original flash sockets replaced by 2 coaxial sockets (1956) for long peak bulbs and electronic flash. No.540540. Ihagee.
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
"Morgan Lee" Paper Trimmer
A "Morgan Lee" paper trimmer; accompanied by an advert for the item.
Boots Improved Higginson's enema apparatus
Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Contraception
Boots Improved Higginson's enema apparatus with rectal and vaginal pipes, in original tin, made by Boots, Nottingham, English, 1935
Ensign E20 Roll-Film Box Camera
An Ensign E20 box roll-film camera, made by Houghton-Butcher Manufacturing Company Limited
Monkey Brand Soap
Public Health & Hygiene
Two bars of Monkey Brand soap. Soap contained in red paper packaging, with a small illustration of a monkey looking in a handheld mirror.
RCA Sound Camera
RCA Sound cinecamera. Cinecamera for 16mm film, 100 foot reels. Wollensak Velostigmat lens f/3.5-16, in three-lens turret, screw mount. Clockwork motor drive, 16-24 feet per second. Single sprocket and claw mechanism. Sound recording head, 4 volt 0.75 amp lamp lit from three dry cells. Level adjusting screw. Critical focusing device (under red rubber cap). Direct vision optical finder with frames for three lenses. Paralax compensated rear lens. Footage indicator working on feed spool. Light from lamp falls on recording slit via mirror fitted on 'microphone' diaphragm. Serial No 1341. RCA Victor Co Inc, Camden, NJ.
Left above knee peg leg made from leather and wood in Stalag VIIIB/344
Left above knee peg leg made from leather and wood in Stalag VIIIB/344 (Lamsdorf) during World War II by Arthur Weston OBE, a Prisoner of War who made a number of temporary prostheses during his captivity. Made in 1940.
Positioning in Radiography
Book, 'Positioning in Radiography' by K.C. Clark, 3rd edition, London, 1942
EMI Emitron Camera Head
EMI Emitron camera head, one of the original Emitrons used by Marconi-EMI from the beginning of the BBC's British Television Service at Alexandra Palace, 1936.
Lockheed 749 Constellation Airliner
Aircraft: Lockheed 749 'Constellation' serial no. 2553, built September 1947
Bubble Sextant MK IX
Ministry of Defence Second World War Bubble sextant MK IX BM No. 16520/42.
Original Vickers Marine Gas Turbine
Original Vickers marine gas turbine engine frmo the triple-screw motor-gun boat the '2009' (1947), powered by a nine stage axial-flow compressor and fitted with radio interference compressors, by Metropolitan Vickers Electrical Co. Ltd., Manchester, 1947
"Minor" portable microscope by Ernst Leitz, Wetzla
"Minor" portable microscope by Ernst Leitz, Wetzlar, c.1934
The 'Home' first aid case, England, 1939-1941
The "Home" first aid case, with contents, prepared by Boots Pure Drug Co. Ltd., Nottingham, 1939-1941
Poster, The Silver Jubilee
Railway Posters, Notices & Handbills
Poster, London & North Eastern Railway, The Silver Jubilee, Britain's First Streamline Train, Newcastle and London in 4 hours, by Frank Newbould, 1935. Depicts the A4 class locomotive 'Silver Link' with the 'Silver Jubilee' train on a ground of silver, blue and red, with the timetable for services between London, Darlington and Newcastle, and the legend "Average throughout speed 67.08 m.p.h" at bottom right. Format: double royal.
'Smoothwell' electric iron
"Smoothwell" electric iron, by Premier Electric Co., Birmingham, England, 1934-1936
Surgical instrument set
German field surgical set, complete, steel instruments, plated, in steel case, by Jetter and Scheerer of Tuttlingen, marked "Hauptbessteck," 1939
A photograph of British heavyweight boxer Jack London (1913-1963), taken by an unknown photographer for the Daily Herald newspaper on 15 September, 1944.
Weston Photronic Exposure Meter Model 650
Weston photronic exposure meter Model 650. Photoelectric exposure meter, calibrated 0-1,000 emulsion speed numbers 17250. Rotary calculator: f1.5-32, 100 secs - 1/1200 seconds. NO 4471742. Weston Electric Instrument Co.
'Radio Celebrities' cigarette card albums, 1934-1940
Two albums of cigarette cards showing early British radio performers, "Radio Celebrities" and "Radio Celebrities Second Series", manufactured by Imperial Tobacco and distributed under the brand name W D and H O Wills and Company, probably Bristol, 1934-1940
Leatherette case for mechanical hearing aids
Leatherette case for a pair of Brune-Sedeyn mechanical hearing aids, by the Naturton Company, London, 1935-1936
Model of the Asklepion at Epidaurus, Greece, 1936
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Model, of Asklepeion at Epidaurus, after the reconstruction of Defrasse, including sign, and roof for Thoros (round-shaped) temple, made in London, 1936, scale 1:66
Women's League of Health and Beauty
A photograph of teachers from the Women's League of Health and Beauty, taken by Saidman for the Daily Herald newspaper on 27 June, 1939.
Crystal Palace fire
A photograph of fire engines at the Crystal Palace fire, Sydenham, London, taken in November 1936 by Edward G Malindine for the Daily Herald.
Four-rotor Enigma cypher machine, 1939-45.
Computing & Data Processing
4-Rotor Enigma with remote lampboard. S/n 765
Model flash steam plant
Model flash steam plant by Bert Martin, Southampton, Hampshire, England, 1935
Typex Mk III cypher machine for field use, c. 1945
Typex Mk III Exp ciphering machine, complete in fibre transit case, c. 1945. Electrical impulses were transmitted through 5 drums or wheels, arranged in a pre-determined order. A message was typed with the left hand whilst turning the handle with the right, achieving 20 words a minute. Cypher, or plain text, was printed onto paper tape, to be transcribed into a communication system.
Mercedes Prima portable typewriter, c. 1936 (seria
Printing & Writing
Mercedes Prima portable typewriter, c. 1936 (serial no. 33496)
AEC Mammoth Major Mk 1 four axle lorry, 1934, fitt
AEC Mammoth Major Mk 1 four axle lorry, 1934, fitted with Tillotson cab and Thomson tank for industrial alchohol. Chassis no. 162 1023, engine no. 631014, registration no. AKB 320
Yellow cast phenolic resin napkin ring moulded in the form of an elephant
Plastics and Modern Materials
Napkin ring moulded in the form of an elephant with central hole for napkin, made of marbled yellow, cast phenolic resin, unsigned, 1935-1939
'Cole Pattern' sun compass
'Cole Pattern' sun compass with vertical gnomon on adjustable metal fixtures, used for directing armoured vehicles in the Libyan desert during the Second World War, unsigned, British, 1939-1946
The Devon Belle
Railway Posters, Notices & Handbills
Poster, Southern Railway, The Devon Belle by Marc Fernand Severin, 1947. Coloured lithograph depicting the rear of a speeding train, blurred by motion, with an observation car with large windows as the last carriage. The train is travelling through a light, almost monotone, landscape. At bottom right is a timetable for services between Waterloo station and Sidmouth Junction, Exeter Central, Ilfracombe and Plymouth Friary stations. Beneath is the text "New!, All-Pullman trains to the West of England with observation car. Southern Railway and Pullman Car Company." Printed by the Baynard Press, London. Format: quad royal.
I'm Taking an Early Holiday Cos I Know Summer Comes Soonest in the South
Railway Posters, Notices & Handbills
Poster, Southern Railway, 'I'm Taking an Early Holiday cos I know Summer Comes Soonest in the South', 1936. Photograph showing a small boy carrying a suitcase on the platform at Waterloo station talking to the fireman of N15 King Arthur class 4-6-0 locomotive No 755 'The Red Knight', as he leans from the cab. Text beneath. Text on the bottom margin of this poster reads "Southern Railway Advertising. Ad 3251. 10,000/1936. Johnson, Riddle & Co. Ltd., London, SE1". Format, double royal, 40 x 25 ins, 1035 x 650 mm, backed. The original version of this poster was published in 1925, with the text "For holidays I always go Southern 'cos it's the Sunshine Line".
Glass ampoule of penicillin powder, United States, 1942-1943
Ampoule of penicillin, by Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, New Jersey, 5000 Florey Units
Meccano differential analyser, 1947
Working model of a differential analyser constructed from the construction toy, Meccano, by Prof. Douglas Rayner Hartree and Arthur Porter at University of Manchester, England, 1934, and reconstructed by Prof. Douglas Rayner Hartree at University of Cambridge, England, 1947
Surgical instrument set, United States, 1939-1945
Surgical instrument set for fractures and amputations in canvas roll, by Zimmer Manufacturing Co. and others, USA., 1939-1945
Schick electric razor
Hand and Machine Tools
Schick electric razor, single head, 110 volts, c. 1934, with spare cutter
Barges in the Thames
A Dufaycolor colour transparency of barges on the River Thames taken by an unknown photographer in about 1945. The Tower of London can be seen in the background.
'CDX Model E' dental x-ray unit, Chicago, USA, 1935-1936
CDX-E dental X-ray machine, wall mounted model, with accessories, by the General Electric X-ray Corp., USA, 1935-1936
Wartime civilian receiver (AC), 1944-1945
Wartime civilian receiver (AC), made by Wartime Joint Enterprise, British, 1944-1945