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scale with metal stand for Thompson mirror speaking galvanometer, 1858
Scale on stand, for Thomson mirror speaking galvanometer, made by Elliott Brothers, Strand, London, England, 1858
Model of Jenning's patent water closet, England, 1895-1905
Public Health & Hygiene
Working model of Jennings patent water closet, in case, ca. 1900.
Thomson mirror speaking galvanometer, 1858
Thomson mirror speaking galvanometer, made by Elliott Brothers, Strand, London, England, 1858
Portable double-needle telegraph and test set, 1850
Portable double-needle telegraph and test set, with removable wooden cover, unknown maker, possibly British, 1850
Telstar maser assembly with magnet, 1962-1967
Telstar maser assembly with magnet, made by Mullard Research Laboratories, Redhill, Surrey, England, 1962-1967
Brass amulet to protect the wearer from cholera, France, 1820-1880
Brass medallion involving the protection of St. Roch against cholera, France, 1820-1880
three-nail microphone, 1875-1880
French-nail microphone used by D.E. Hughes together with one small gauze-covered box, probably made by David Edward Hughes, England, 1875-1880
Silk scarf, `Festival of Britain' design, with Fes
Silk scarf, `Festival of Britain' design, with Festival emblem pattern, 1951
Wooden bowl, made of mango wood in the Philippines
Wooden bowl, made of mango wood in the Philippines, 1999.
'Channel' Band III television converter, type C2, 1955-1960
'Channel' Band III television converter, type C2, s/n2337, made by Channel Electronic Industries, Burnham on Sea, Somerset, England, 1955-1960
Phillips 9140 'remote control' boot mounted mobile telephone, 1982-1987
Philips 9140 'remote control' mobile phone, designed for use with System 4, made by Philips, 1982-1987
Red Cross fund-raising brooch made from Zeppelin wire, 1917.
Brooch made of wire from the first Zeppelin brought-down in England, mounted on card by the British Red Cross, presumably for fund-rising purposes, c.1917
'Control indicator group' unit for mobile communications, 1985-2010
'Control indicator group' unit from Ptarmigan communications system used by the British Army, made by Plessey Limited, England, 1985-2010
Paul F Gachet's door plate, France, 1870-1909
Psychology, Psychiatry & Anthropometry
Brass door plate, belonging to Dr. P.F. Gachet (1828-1909), French, 1870-1909
Handley Page HP115 wind tunnel model
Handley Page HP115 wind tunnel model made of wood and resin with moveable control surfaces. The model was used at RAE Farnborough in the 1960s.
Plastic syringe containing liquid collagen for cosmetic/plastic surgery, Europe, 2000
Plastic syringe, without needle, containing liquid collagen for cosmetic/plastic surgery, by the Collagen Corporation, Palo Alto, California, United States, 2000 (see note).
boot mounted transceiver for Phillips 9140 mobile telephone, 1982-1987
Boot mounted transceiver for Philips 9140 'remote control' mobile phone, designed for use with System 4, made by Philips, 1982-1987
base station for 'Rabbit' mobile telepoint telephone, 1993
Home Base Station for Rabbit mobile telepoint telephone, made by Hutchison Personal Communications Limited, 1993
Solar charger for mobile telephone, 2007-2012
Solar charger for Okia G18 mobile telephone, made by Okia, possibly Dubai, UAE, 2007-2012.
Sargrove sprayed-circuit radio receiver experiment, 1936-1937
Sargrove sprayed-circuit radio receiver (experimental model), made by John Sargrove, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England, 1936-1937.
Deltaphone Deluxe telephone, 1979-1985
Trimphone with green leather cover, Tele SR 1016A S.T.C 79/1, made by Standard Telephones and Cables, British, 1979-1985
Model locomotive: Wooden; 2-2-2 locomotive No
Model locomotive: Wooden; 2-2-2 locomotive No.1 "A Watkin". Made for Sir Edward Watkin by the South Eastern Railway Workshops for his son Alfred
Antiference Band I (Channel 4) television aerial, 1957-1985
Antiference Band I (Channel 4) television aerial, "H" type, on mounting pole, manufactured by Antiference Limited, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England, 1957-1985
Apple Newton MessagePad, 1993
Computing & Data Processing
Apple Newton MessagePad and stylus, manufactured by Sharp for Apple, Japan, 1993
Anova W8900 mobile telephone, 2008-2012
Anova W8900 mobile phone with space for two SIM cards, made by Anova, China, 2008-2012. Designed to imitate the Blackberry Curve 8900 manufactured by Research in Motion (RIM).
Grid slide from prototype Cox selenium-cell magnifier equipment, 1919-1920
Grid slide from prototype Cox selenium-cell magnifier equipment, possibly made by Kenwrick Cecil Cox, 1910-1920
Sample of 1851 Dover-Calais telegraph cable, 1851
Specimen of Crampton's Dover and Calais telegraph cable, laid in 1851 and remained in use until 1875, made by R S Newall and Company, Millwall, London, England, 1851
Slide rule for exchange of weights and measures
Slide rule by William Cary, 1815, for calculations in exchange of monies weights and measures
Telescope by John Yarwell.
Refracting eight-draw telescope made by John Yarwell, Ludgate Street, London, 1685-1695. Inscribed ‘'John Yarwell, Fecit’. The tube is decorated in gold designs on green vellum and features a royal coat of arms.
Transistorized audio-frequency telephone line amplifier, 1954
Transistorized audio-frequency telephone line amplifier, probably designed and made at the Post Office Research Centre at Dollis Hill, London, England, 1954.
Memento mori ring remembering Augusta Bruce, Europe, 1701-1800
Gold memento mori ring, with oval setting which shows a flower and an inscription painted on a white background, beneath glass, possibly, glass, possibly 18th century
Green plastic half frame reading spectacles, no ma
Green plastic half frame reading spectacles, no maker, made in France, 1960-1970
Coherer with coarse brass turnings, 1894
Coherer, coarse brass turnings in long glass tube bent at end, designed or used by Sir Oliver Lodge, England, 1894-1904. Paper label stuck round tube marked in handwriting ‘June 23 1894’.
Filings coherer, glass tube formed into T-shape at one end and bent round into U-shape at other end with bulb, 1899
Filings coherer, glass tube formed into T-shape at one end and bent round into U-shape at other end with bulb, designed or used by Sir Oliver Lodge, England, 1899. Paper label stuck round tube marked in handwriting ’17 / Jan 3 / 1899’.
Creamware plate, scalloped outer edge and decorate
Creamware plate, scalloped outer edge and decorated with a painted overglaze scene, probably English, late 18th to 19th century
Small frying/omelette pan, titanium non-stick coat
Small frying/omelette pan, titanium non-stick coating bonded onto aluminium base, made in Germany, SKK brand, 1999.
`Melaware' plastic butter dish
`Melaware' plastic butter dish, grey. English c1960-1970.
Shaman's Aroma-therapy Mini Dream Pillow
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
'Shaman's Aroma-therapy Mini Dream Pillow', woven cotton pillow containing herbs, paper label 'Scents of America', distributed by Matchless Gifts, Laguna Niguel, CA, USA, 1996.
Small orrery by Benjamin Martin
Small orrery on mahogany stand by Benjamin Martin, England, mid-18th century. The orrery shows seven planets (to Uranus), but Uranus is thought to be a later addition.
Pedometer by Spencer & Perkins
Pedometer or waywiser with fob hook, made by Spencer & Perkins, 1775-1794.
Cloth tape measure
Hand and Machine Tools
One flexible, cloth tape measure on reel with measurements in feet and inches one side and links on other, enclosed in leather case, made by John Rabone, Birmingham. Sold under the trade name of 'Hockley Abbey', the tape measure comes from a shipwright's tool chest dated to the 1850s.
Alexander Performance Scale Test kit, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1946-1950
Psychology, Psychiatry & Anthropometry
Alexander Performance Scale Test material comprising: Passalong Test, Kohs' Block Design Test and Cube Construction Test with test cards and instructions in wooden case, made by Thomas Nelson and Sons Ltd., Edinburgh, 1946-1950
Magnetic compass and sundial by Henry Sutton
Folding pocket compass and sundial in boxwood case made by Henry Sutton, Threadneedle Street, London, 1650-1665.
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
Terrestrial globe by John Senex
Twelve-inch terrestrial globe made by John Senex, Fleet Street, London, 1738. Inscribed: ‘A new and correct Globe of the Earth together with a view of the general and coasting trade winds, monsoons etc. Laid down according to the newest discoveries and from the most exact observations by John Senex, F.R.S. Sold by him at the Globe against St. Dunstans Church in Fleet Street, 1738.’
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"
Scale drawing of Nottingham Water Works Engine House, England, 1851-1860
[Engineering drawing] Nottingham Water Works. No. 12. Longitudinal Section of Engine House; Transverse Section of Boiler House / [T. Hawksley & Co. Line drawing with colour wash. Scale 1/4" : 1'. This item is on SM transparency BUI/C000013]
Carton of four Viagra (Sildenafil citrate) tablets, Sandwich, England, 1996-1998
Materia Medica & Pharmacology
Carton of four Viagra (Sildenafil citrate) tablets, 50mg, with instructions, by Pfizer Limited, Sandwich, Kent, c. 1998. Anti-impotence drug which created a media storm in 1998.
BBC L1 lip microphone, 1937-1960
L1 lip microphone, manufactured by Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Company Limited for the BBC, Chelmsford, Essex, England, 1937-1960