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Memento mori ring
Gold memento mori finger ring, set with a transparent stone shaped like a coffin which contains an image of a skeleton band bears picture of skeleton in chambers, enamel on outside, engraved 'Jane Knipe obt 18 Jan 1724 cet 60 DM' on inside, 1724
Silver Pocket Watch with Silver Dial by Wrench, 1710-1725
Verge watch in silver pair case by Ed. Wrench, Chester, silver dial, 1710-1725
Bronze bell shaped mortar, inscribed with the name
Bronze bell shaped mortar, inscribed with the name of Hendrik Kemper, 2 bands of decoration on body, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1727
Silver vinaigrette, heart-shaped
Silver vinaigrette, heart-shaped, with hinged lid, possibly early 18th century, possibly British
Case for universal equinoctial ring dial
King George III
Leather case for universal equinoctial ring dial
Leather case containing 4 unidentified instruments
Leather case containing 4 unidentified instruments, possibly dental, case dated 1722, German
Wax plaque in wooden frame showing rear view of na
Anatomy & Pathology
Wax plaque in wooden frame showing rear view of naked, standing woman, possibly early 18th century
Six flat brass avoirdupois weights, for 2oz, 1oz, 1oz, 1/2oz, 1/4oz and 1/4oz
Weighing & Measuring
Pile of six flat brass avoirdupois weights, George I (1714-27) for 2oz, 1oz, 1oz, 1/2oz, 1/4oz, 1/4oz. Stamped crown G; A; dagger (of London) and an Urn (Brass-founders mark)
Pocket globe by Charles Price, signed and dated 17
Pocket globe by Charles Price, signed and dated 1716
Screw-barrel MIcroscope by Edmund Culpeper, 1728-1730
microscope, Wilson-type screw-barrel microscope, signed, made by Edmund Culpeper (active 1700-1737) about 1728-1730, four objective lenses with ivory covers, two objective lenses without covers, specimen holder (marked E.C./fecit), ivory-cased magnifying lens, ivory box containing mica slipcovers, small ivory handle (broken off) [shagreen case, two glass test tubes, four ivory slides with leather case and brass specimen slide are missing]
Repeating Pocket Watch by Daniel Quare, 1705-1715
Repeating watch by Quare, 1705-1715
Large brass (?) bell shaped mortar, flared rim and
Large brass (?) bell shaped mortar, flared rim and foot, flat base, ribbed body, 2 squared handles, inscribed, European, 1708
Boxwood model to illustrate the aberration of light, discovered by James Bradley, the third Astronomer Royal, in 1728.
Boxwood model to illustrate the aberration of light discovered by James Bradley, the third Astronomer Royal, in 1728. Used by Bradley when giving his lecture on the subject at the Ashmolean Museum as Savilian Professor of Astronomy at Oxford, c.1729.
Shang Dynasty sacrificial bowl
Bronze sacrificial bowl, used for blood libations, Shang Dynasty, Chinese, 1766-1122 BCE
Clay figure of animal
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Unbaked clay figure of animal, one ear damaged, amuletic, unsigned, Egyptian, 2000BC-1000BC
Nursing & Hospital Furnishings
Sterling silver pap boat, open boat shaped, hallmarked in London, English, 1728
Silver double medicine spoon
Nursing & Hospital Furnishings
Silver(?) double medicine spoon, folds up, engraved "HPF 17 12", 1712, unsigned, Europe, 1712
Gold touchpiece, given at the ceremony of healing
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
Gold touchpiece, given at the ceremony of healing by touch, issued by Queen Anne, 1701-1714
Object glass, 4th of 5, from very early Culpeper microscope
Object glass, 4th of 5, from very early Culpeper microscope, by Edmund Culpeper, England, 1720-1730
Tortoiseshell snuff box, rectangular shaped, silve
Tortoiseshell snuff box, rectangular shaped, silver hinged lid with pique point decoration and initials A.H., made in England or Scotland, 1727
Culpeper microscope body and stand, English, early
Culpeper microscope body and stand, English, early 18th century
Object glass, 1st of 5, from very early Culpeper microscope
Object glass, 1st of 5, from very early Culpeper microscope, by Edmund Culpeper, England, 1720-1730
Ivory screwbarrel microscope in black fishskin cas
Ivory screwbarrel microscope in black fishskin case, stamped "I.W.", (this may be Wilson who publicised the form in England), early 18th century
Nested avoirdupois weights, bronze
Weighing & Measuring
Set of avoirdupois nested cup weights in bronze, Geo.I (1714-27), comprising 9 weights for 2lb,1lb,8,4,2 & 1oz; 8 drams, 4 drams (cup) and 4 drams (solid) in screw top case which forms the 2lb weight inscribed "2lb Avoirdupoise"
Fishskin case for opera glass
Fishskin case with velvet lining, for diagonal opera glass, ivory and silver mounted; early 18th century, probably by Edward Scarlett, replaced by a better example, 12 June 1928
Le Cabinet de M. Le Clerc (unfinished)
Unfinished engraving of ‘Le Cabinet de M. Le Clerc’ by Sebastien Le Clerc (the elder), around 1711. Etching on paper. The Science Museum collection also includes a preparatory drawing for this print, likely the final design (see 1948-336). The print shows a large room filled with scientific instruments, with windows on the right, and a large vestibule visible between two columns on the left. A group of men stand or sit around a table, seemingly in conversation. Two further preparatory drawings exist in the collections of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts (EBA 1168) and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. The title is taken from the cataloguing and study of those two drawings.
Le Cabinet de M. Le Clerc
Drawing of ‘Le Cabinet de M. Le Clerc’ by Sebastien Le Clerc (the elder), around 1711. Pen and ink, wash, graphite and red chalk on paper. This is likely the final design for the unfinished print of the same name (also in the Science Museum collection, see 1948-325). The drawing shows a large room filled with scientific instruments, with windows on the right, and a large vestibule visible between two columns on the left. A group of men stand or sit around a table, seemingly in conversation. Two other drawings of similar composition, but with variations, exist in the collections of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts (EBA 1168) and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. The title is taken from the cataloguing and study of those two drawings.
Portrait. Nicholas Saunderson. Mezzotint. 1719
Portrait. Nicholas Saunderson. Mezzotint. 1719
Robert Akenhead, at the Bible and Crown upon the Bridge, Newcastle
Trade card: advertisement, Robert Akenhead, at the Bible and Crown upon the Bridge, Newcastle. [Bookseller and stationer, seller of mathematical instruments, spectacles etc] letterpress description of goods sold. n.d.  trimmed to 6.5x7.5cm conserved backed and edged to 9.5x10.5 cm (Calv. 10). (C.C. 35)
Trade card: Samuel Newton
Trade card: Samuel Newton, Master of the Mathematical School, Christ's Hospital, Founded by King Charles II. 1710. Advertisement. Author & teacher advertises books printed for Christopher Hussey, at the Flower de Luce in Little Britain. (Calv. 289) (C.C. 51)
Timothy Brandreth and George Willdey
Trade card: Timothy Brandreth and George Willdey, at the Archimedes and Globe, in Ludgate Street, the corner next St. Paul's Church. 1706. (photographic reproduction) (Calv. 59)
Print. Edystone Light-House. A Narrative of the Building ... / Hen. winstanley, 1703. - Scale of 20 ft [: 5 1/2 in]. - Engraving, 101x70cm. Annotated, fantastical engraving by Henry Winstanley of his own Eddystone lighthouse; stone edifice, dated on panel Anno Dom 1699; annotations including advertisement, description, "stood until that dreadful storm of 27 November 1703"; general fantasy scene and architecture, man fishing from wooden balcony etc
Trade card: Benj. Scott, at the Mariner & Globe
Trade card: Benj. Scott, at the Mariner & Globe over against Exeter Exchange, in the Strand, London. 1725. Mathematical Instrument Maker. 'An Inspectorial Plain Scale for Delineating, Architecture, Gardening &c'. Invented by Batty Langley of Twickenham, both 1725. (Calv. 341) (C.C. 183)
Trade card: B. Scott & C. Price
Trade card: B. Scott & C. Price, at the Mariner and Globe at Exeter Exchange, in the Strand. 1718. Globes, maps & mathematical instruments. (Calv. 342) (C.C. 130)
EDYSTONE LIGHT HOUSE being 90 Foot high
Print. EDYSTONE LIGHT HOUSE being 90 Foot high 1713 / Isaac Sailmaker delin ; H Hulsbergh Sculp. - Printed and Sold by H Overton at ye White Horse without Newgate LONDON. - 1713. - Engraving; platemark 49.5x60.5cm om sheet [trimmed to] 50x61cm. View of the Eddystone Lighthouse: stone walls, windows, contoured landscape, shipping, keyed A-E features explained in panel blc.
Engraving. The Revnd: William Whiston M.A. sometim
Engraving. The Revnd: William Whiston M.A. sometime Professor of the Mathematicks in ye. University of Cambridge. Portrait and two vignettes of Norman's Dipping-Needle and Whiston's Dipping-Needle. Engraved by G. Vertue. 1720. 26cm x 36cm.
Trade card: George Willdey and Timothy Brandreth,
Trade card: George Willdey and Timothy Brandreth, Ludgate St [London] (photograph) (Calv. 446)
Trade card: Jacob Carver, Cherry Garden Stairs, Rotherhithe Wall, London. (Calv. 77) (C.C. 113) and on the same sheet: Tho. Cook, by the excise office, Old Jury and verso John Rowley, at the Globe under St Dunstan's church, Fleet Street, London. The tobacco-box had a circular slide-rule on the lid. This advertisement is on the reverse of item Calv.77. (Calv. 327) (C.C. 112)
Trade card: H. Moll. Geographer
Trade card: H. Moll. Geographer. 1727. Map of the whole world with the Trade winds. According to ye latest and most Exact Observations. (Calv. 275) (C.C. 188)
Trade card: Edward Laurence and William Gardiner
Trade card: Edward Laurence and William Gardiner, Strand and Temple Bar. May be heard of at Mr. Jonathan Sisson's, Mathematical Instrument-maker, in the Strand, or at Mr. Mead's, a Goldsmith, near Temple-Bar. Surveyors. 1725. (Calv. 230) (C.C. 134)
The appearance of the total solar eclipse from Haradon Hill near Salisbury
Mezzotint; The appearance of the total solar eclipse from Haradon Hill near Salisbury, May 11 1724, by E. Kirkhall after Stukeley.
Engraving, `Befeuchtet zu Leuchten'. An oil lamp.
Engraving, `Befeuchtet zu Leuchten'. An oil lamp. Nuremberg, 1709. 142x81mm (image size)15.5x9cm (overall)
Trade card: Mr. Dillon
Trade card: Mr. Dillon, in Long Acre, next Door to the White-Hart. Optician. Cutting from Memoirs of Literature, Vol.4. 1722. (Calv. 125) (C.C. 92)
Sir William Read, her Majesties Oculist in Ordinary
Mezzotint: Portrait of Sir William Read, her Majesties Oculist in Ordinary, by W. Faithorne.
Machina Coelestis, or the Great Orrery...
Engraving. Machina Coelestis, or the Great Orrery.. Made by T. Wright. Engraved by G. Vandergucht after C. Lempriere. 1730. 20x28"
The Transit of the total shadow of the moon over Europe in the eclipse of the sun May 11th 1724
Engraving by John Senex London, "The Transit of the total shadow of the moon over Europe in the eclipse of the sun May 11th 1724 in the evening described by Will Whiston M.A."