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Psychology, Psychiatry & Anthropometry
Earthenware phrenological bust, areas are marked off with an impressed line, by J. De Ville, London, 1821. When this bust was ordered it probably came with De Ville's Manual of Phrenology (1826).
Alarm clock, mounted on model of coffin
Anatomy & Pathology
Alarm clock, mounted on model of coffin with skeleton, probably English, 1840-1900
Joseph Jackson Lister's microscope, London, England, 1826
The first achromatic microscope made for J.J. Lister by James Smith, London, 1826
Motorola 'Timeport' L7089 mobile telephone, 1999-2002
Motorola L7089 mobile phone, manufactured by Motorola, British, 1999-2002. The first tri-band model that could be used on GSM system in USA and Europe
Packet of 20 'Churchman's No.1 Special' cigarettes
Packet of 20 'Churchman's No.1 Special' cigarettes manufactured by W A and A C Churchman Limited, Ipswich, Suffolk, England, 1920-1950
Wall telephone with Blake transmitter, 1880-1900
Wall telephone with Blake transmitter, unknown maker, possibly the United Telephone Company, British, 1880-1900
Orrery made for the Earl of Orrery
Orrery or planetary model, c. 1712, made for Charles Boyle, the fourth Earl of Orrery by John Rowley, Fleet Street, London. The instrument was copied from one made by George Graham, and termed ‘orrery’ after its purchaser.
Metal lice comb, 'Derbac' brand, England, 1930-1940
Public Health & Hygiene
Metal lice comb for the removal of lice and their eggs from human hair, 'Derbac' brand, made in England, 1930-1940
Bell's harmonic telegraph receiver, 1925-1958
Replica of Bell's 1875 harmonic telegraph receiver, made by Bell Telephone Laboratories Inc, Albany, New York, United States, 1925-1958
Palmer's micrometer (replica)
Replica of original micrometer caliper by Jean Laurent Palmer, patented in France 7.9.1848, range 0 to 20 mm, made after 1867 by Brown & Sharpe
Aerial tuning inductor from the Rugby Radio Station, 1943-1966
Variable inductance coil for tuning the aerial of the very-low-frequency (16 kHz) transmitter (callsign GBR) installed at Rugby Radio Station, unknown maker, British, 1943-1966. Constructed in 1943 to the original 1926 design, and as modified in 1966, together with separate transformer and variometer with supporting framework.
BBC Marconi AXBT ribbon microphone
BBC Marconi AXBT ribbon microphone, inst. no. 498044, made by Marconi's Wireless Telegraphy Company Limited, Chelmsford, Essex, England, 1944-1959
Metropolitan Police equipment belt
Public Health & Hygiene
Equipment belt issued to Metropolitan Police officers, UK, in the late 1990s, consisting of a webbing belt, pouches for baton, cs spray canister, handcuffs and documents, one inert cs incapacitant spray canister, one gravity-friction-lock baton, one pair of Hiatt Quickcuffs and key and one personal protection kit containing gloves, decontaminant wipes and disposal bag in pouch.
SIM card for the MTN mobile network, 2012
Mobile phone SIM card for use with MTN network in Cameroon, bought in Buea, Cameroon, 2012.
Bell transmitter with membrane diaphragm, 1875-1877
Early type of Bell transmitter with membrane diaphragm, invented by Alexander Graham Bell, made by Charles Williams Jr,, Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 1875-1914. This is an exact replica of Bell's first telephone made in June 1875 and was made by the same maker, Charles Williams Jr. of Boston, whose name is stamped on the baseboard.
'Prorace' cervical cap
Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Contraception
Rubber cervical cap, called "Prorace", with tab for easy removal, size 2, by John Bell Croyden Ltd., English
'Form M Revised Stanford-Binet Scales', IQ test, United States, 1937
Psychology, Psychiatry & Anthropometry
'Complete Test Material Form M Revised Stanford-Binet Scales by Terman-Merrill', in wooden case containing form board, printed card material, and picture of child, by Houghten Mifflin Co. USA, 1937. See 1980-1429/4 for a complete description of this revision of the Stanford-Binet.
Early balance spring watch by Thomas Tompion
Early balance spring pocket watch in silver case made by Thomas Tompion, Fleet Street, London, England, 1675-79. The watch features an unusual dial showing minutes on the main dial and two subsidiary dials for the hours (in the upper position) and seconds (in the lower position). The subsidiary dial for hours indicates up to six hours in each cycle.
Old Spitalfields hand loom with jacquard mechanism
Old Spitalfields hand loom with jacquard mechanism.
National 3000 automatic bookkeeping calculating machine
Main part of National 3000 automatic bookkeeping calculating machine no 101364 42-BT, by National Cash Register Company Limited, England, 1935-1945. Dr. Leslie John Comrie FRS, both owned and used this machine.
Sectioned conjectural model of 'Rocket' steam locomotive
sectioned conjectural model, scale 1:8, Liverpool & Manchester Railway 0-2-2 locomotive " Rocket", 1829.
'Pedoscope' shoe-fitting X-ray viewer
Pedoscope, by the Pedoscope Company Limited, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England, 1948-1953
Edison telephone, 1879
Wall telephone with Edison chalk receiver, unknown maker, probably United States, 1879.
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
Moon globe by John Russell;England;1797
Moon globe 12-inch in diameter on libration stand, by John Russell, R.A., London, England, 1797. Known as ‘Selenographia’, the globe shows the nearside of the Moon visible from Earth. It has a mechanical mounting which demonstrates lunar libration, and which also features a miniature terrestrial globe.
Dr Macaura’s blood circulator
Mechanical massager, Dr. Macaura's blood circulator, made by British Appliances Manufacturing Co., Leeds, English, 1890-1910
Hutchinson 'Rabbit' mobile telepoint telephone, 1993
'Rabbit' mobile telepoint telephone, made by Hutchison Personal Communications Limited, 1993
Electronic storm surge modelling machine
Electronic storm surge model, invented and constructed by Shizuo Ishiguro at the National Institute of Oceanography, Wormley, 1960-2007. The Electronic storm surge model is a depth-integrated single-layer two-dimensional electronic model based on hydrodynamic equations used to examine tidal surges, comprising three main units; a unit holding the input and output devices (Advance Instruments OS-240 oscilloscope, Commodore CBM 8032 Computer and Commodore 2031 5¼" floppy disk drive, and another two units (connected and wired together in a V formation) forming the mesh framework of the machine.
Aveling and Porter steam traction engine
Aveling and Porter steam traction engine, by Aveling and Porter Ltd., Rochester, Kent, England, 1870-1872. In 1860 Thomas Aveling invented the traction engine, offering an alternative to horses in agricultural haulage. Eleven years later, approximately when this engine was built, Aveling was improving his design for the self-propelling power plant. This engine was one of the first to be steered by its front wheels (earlier designs were steered by a fifth wheel) and to have gear-driven rear wheels. These features as well as the Aveling patented method of supporting the crankshaft were to become standard on all traction engines. This engine was renovated by Aveling-Barford Ltd in the 1950s before being donated to the Science Museum.
six-stage super heterodyne receiver processed on the ECME system, 1936-1955
Six-stage super heterodyne receiver processed on the ECME system, probably made by Sargrove Electronics Ltd, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England, 1936-1955
Pedoscope X-ray apparatus
Pedoscope X-ray apparatus, by the Pedoscope Co. Ltd., English, 1930-1955
Wooden figure of pregnant female
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
Carved wooden figure of pregnant female in standing position, arms clutching stomach, flat oval stylized face, Ivory Coast, West Africa, 1880-1920
Strowger step-by-step automatic telephone exchange switch, 1897-1898
Strowger step-by-step automatic telephone exchange switch, made by the Strowger Automatic Telephone Company, United States, 1897-1898
Poster of Valentina Tereshkova, First woman cosmonaut
Poster, translated as the Light of (or Long live) the (World's) first woman (female) Cosmonaut; issued by the Soviet State Publishing House of Decorative/Fine Arts Moscow, 1963. Slogan title in Czech 'At Zije prvni kosmonautka sveta'; imprint in Russian. Featuring design of Vostok-6 and (photograph) HS portrait of Valentina Tereshkova in space helmet. [orbited Earth June 1963]. Lithograph, col. offset, 57 x 85 cm. In frame 67x95x2cm
Scale Model 1:100 of the ULCC (ultra large crude carrier) Globtik Tokyo
Cascade generator built at the Cavendish Laboratory
Cascade generator, designed by and built at the Cavendish Laboratory, by Philips, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England and Phillips, Holland, 1937. For Philips 1.5 million volt accelerator (also known as voltage doubler stack).
'Santa Medicina' sculpture by Eleanor Crook
Bronze, waxwork and glass sculpture by Eleanor Crook entitled 'Santa Medicina'. Commissioned by the Science Museum for the 'Faith, Hope and Fear' gallery in Medicine: The Wellcome Galleries. The bronze female figure holds a scalpel and scissors. Her hair is looped onto her head, crowned with a surgeon's mirror. Open down the back to reveal écorché muscles, her dress appears like an operating gown, the skirts encrusted with amulets. The skirts shelter a fragile waxwork figure in a glass case resembling a reliquary, encased in glass, under a blanket covered with symbolic pins, and surrounded by flickering candles.
Hollerith 45 column horizontal electrical sorting machine, 1920-1930
Computing & Data Processing
Hollerith horizontal electrical sorting machine, no.7407, 45 column, invented by Herman Hollerith, and made by British Tabulating Machine Company Limited, Letchworth, Hertfordshire, England, 1920-1930
Roman cupping vessel
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Bronze cupping vessel, from Pompeii, Roman, 1-79AD
Calliper used to measure head size
Psychology, Psychiatry & Anthropometry
Phrenological calliper(?), possibly nickel-plated brass, from the British Phrenological Society, by Arnold and Sons, London.
replica of Bell's 1876 centennial telephone transmitter, 1959
Replica of Bell's 1876 'Centennial' telephone transmitter, made by Science Museum Workshops, South Kensington, London, England, 1959
Bain's chemical telegraph, 1850.
Alexander Bain's chemical telegraph, unknown maker, England, 1850. Includes key not shown on photograph.
The Ardente Hearing aid, London, England, 1920-1930
The Ardente Hearing aid, manufactured and sold by Mr.R.H. Dent's, Oxford Street, London, England, 1920-1930
Transdata acoustic coupler port for telephone data link 307, 1981-1990
Transdata acoustic coupler port for telephone data link 307, made by British Telecom, British, 1981-1990. Cream coloured with black cradles for telephone mouthpiece and earpirce, with British Telecom logo on the side.
Hughes' printing telegraph, 1860.
Hughes typewriting telegraph instrument, unknown maker, 1860. Invented about 1855 by David E Hughes (1829/31-1900), US patent numbers, 14,917, 1856; 22,531, 1859 and 22,770, 1859; British patent number 938, 1858.
Edison's electric carbon filament lamp
Original incandescent electric carbon filament lamp, by Thomas Alva Edison, Menlo Park, New Jersey, United States of America, with bulb made by Ludwig K. Boehm, Menlo Park, New Jersey, United States of America, 1879
Hypodermic syringe with glass phials of drugs
Hypodermic syringe, glass and nickel plated brass, in aluminium case with velvet purse, containing 6 glass phials of hypodermic tablets. 84 mm x 43 mm x 20 mm, .08kg. Phials: 76 mm x 5 mm diameter each. Phials of strychnine nitrate, atropine sulphate, cocaine hydrochloride, apomorphine hydrochloride, morphine and atropine sulphate and morphine sulphate hypodermic tablets. Made by Parke, Davis and Co., USA, 1885-1910, once the property of F. Treves, FRCS.
Wool jumper, knitted from 'Dolly': the first cloned cell animal
Jumper knitted from the first fleece of the sheep named 'Dolly' which was the first animal to be born as a result of cloning an adult cell. Design by the winner of a competition 'Do a Design for Dolly'