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Electrotherapeutic machine invented by Nairne, 1780-1809, early 19th century.
Bundle of red cloth wrapped in paper labelled, “Specimens of red dye upon cotton”
James Watt's Garret Workshop
Bundle of red cloth wrapped in paper labelled, “Specimens of red dye upon cotton”, some dated and numbered and wrapped in their own papers.
Thomson mirror speaking galvanometer, 1858
Thomson mirror speaking galvanometer, made by Elliott Brothers, Strand, London, England, 1858
Experimental transmitting ‘jigger’ used by the Marconi Company, 1899
Experimental transmitting ‘jigger’ or oscillation transformer used by the Marconi Company, probably made by Marconi's Wireless Telegraphy Company, Chelmsford, Essex, England, 1899
Sample of transatlantic cable, 1865-66
Sample of transatlantic cable, made by the Telegraph Construction and Maintenance Company Limited, Greenwich, London, England, 1865-66
Reducing sculpture copying machine
James Watt's Garret Workshop
1 Proportional sculpture machine described as sculpturing or reducing machine consisting of wood stand with treadle motion supporting a machine bed with two divided heads which can be extended by a parallel motion. A bar with feeler and cutter commands the heads. Chains on right side with scale attached containing 1 hook and 4 oz. Weight
Moving magnet galvanometer with dial inscribed "Greenwich Mean Time", 1843-1897
Moving magnet galvanometer with dial inscribed "Greenwich Mean Time", made by Hunt and Roskell Limited, Clerkenwell, London, England, 1843-1897. The face of the instrument reads: 'This needle is deflected precisely at each hour, Hunt & Roskell Ltd, jewellers and watchmakers'
Brass anatomical syringe
Anatomy & Pathology
Brass anatomical syringe from cased set, by Savigny & Co., London, England, 1801-1850
Great Western Railway locomotive headlamp
Locomotives and Rolling Stock Components
Locomotive headlamp, made by GWR , in commemoration of Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee, in 1897. The object is 31"x 9" and is finished on top with a crown.
Compound monocular microscope
Compound monocular microscope, signed by Tolles of the Boston Optical Works, American, circa 1870, bought by Crisp from C. Stodder
Achromatic doublet lens
King George III
Achromatic doublet lens with a focal length of 52 inches, maker unknwon, England, c. 1780.
Clear glass shop round for Quinine
Bottle, shop round, clear glass, for liquid quinine, from Savory and Moore, English, first half 19th century
Plaque showing the development of a human embryo
Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Contraception
Development of human embryo at five stages
Ornate circumcision knife with ivory handle
Small, ornate circumcision knife with triangular blade and carved, cylindrical ivory handle, c. 1780
Rawhide bag for storing cinchona bark
Materia Medica & Pharmacology
Bag for cinchona bark, known as a Seron, rawhide, brought from Peru, by the expedition of Ruiz and Pavon, 1777, with contents
Sample of gutta percha insulated cable, 1863-7
Sectioned sample of gutta percha insulated cable in cast iron pipe, from Gloucester, unknown maker, British, 1863-1867.
Model of a ventilator, London, England, 1831-1870
Public Health & Hygiene
Ventilator, model of patent by Robert Boyle, mahogany frame, British, mid 19th century
Male anatomical model
Anatomy & Pathology
Anatomical model, male. Produced in the workshops of Dr. Auzoux, French, mid C19
Bracelet watch by Broillal, Switzerland
Bracelet watch by Broillal, Switzerland c.1780. Visible brilliant-set escapement beside a white enamel dial, within a bezel set with pearls. Striking on a small bell. Gold rectangular case. One edge has a lever engraved 'faites sonner' (ring) and the other side sonne/non sonne (strike/silent). On the back is a sliding cover engraved 'Tournez les aiguilles. Remontre a gauche' . The case of the watch clips onto two fastenings secured to a ribbon which can be tied around the wrist, making this an early form of wristwatch.
sample of the first transatlantic cable, 1857-1858
Sample of deep-sea portion of first transatlantic telegraph cable, manufactured by Glass, Elliot and Company, Greenwich, London, England, 1857-58. With outer wire armouring wound with a left-hand lay.
Wax male anatomical figure
Anatomy & Pathology
Wax male anatomical figure, écorché, in case, Italian, 1776-1780
Double lice comb
Double lice comb with two circular grips, incised and carved decoration horn, Indian, 1801-1900
Wine glass used by Joseph Lister as a culture glass
Wine glass used by Lister as a culture glass, with glass display dome or dust cover (with fake plaster)
Oersted Compass Needle, 1828
Ørsted's [Oersted] apparatus for showing the effect of an electric current on a magnetic needle, believed to have been supplied for £1-8-0 by Watkins and Hill, Charing Cross, Westminster, 1828.
Whalebone walking stick, owned by Charles Darwin, England, 1839-1881
Whalebone walking stick with skull form pommel in ivory, once owned by Charles Darwin, probably English, 1839-1881
English wooden doll,circa 1780, of simple skittle
Materials Science Gallery
English wooden doll,circa 1780, of simple skittle form with painted gessoed head, applied brown wig,fabric arms, in remains of original gown.
Wax male figure showing the arteries of the body, Florence, Italy, 1776-1780
Anatomy & Pathology
Wax male figure, showing arterial system, Italian, 1776-1780
Pamphlet, 'Rontgen Rays Demonstration' (photographs by G.H.Gabb)
Pamphlet printed by The Carmelian Club Ltd, announcing 'The Rontgen Rays Demonstration, June 7th, 1896' associated with x-ray photographs taken by George Hugh Gabb, 15 February 1896.
Iron handcuffs with key, 1800-1899
Pair of handcuffs with key, iron, by Hiatt, English, 19th century
Amulet against the evil eye in the form of a fish
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
Silver amulet worn as a protection against the evil eye, in the shape of a fish, Naples, Italy, 18th or early 19th centuries
Entrance into Manchester across Water Street
Thomas Talbot Bury
Print. Aquatint, coloured. 'Entrance into Manchester across Water Street'. T T Bury. delt; H. Pyall. sculpt. - 'Plate 6' of Views on the Liverpool and Manchester Railway. - London, Published Feby 1831 by R Ackermann, 96 Strand. image 19.8x25cm on sheet 23.5x27.5cm. In frame 41x44x2cm
Replica of a hobby-horse cycle
Copy of a hobby-horse cycle in the possession of the Duke of Northumberland.
Wrought iron coffee mill
Wrought iron coffee mill with circular lidded hopper, turning handle and shute for ground coffee, screwed to wooden wall block, English, 1850-1900.
Water pipe for smoking opium or tobacco
Water pipe, for smoking opium or tobacco, made of stainless white metal, with brightly coloured decoration, Chinese, 1801-1900
Joseph Wright of
Painting. Sir Richard Arkwright (1732-1792), by Joseph Wright of Derby, 1790. Oil on canvas; 76.5x64.2cm in gilt frame 80.5x93.5x6.5cm. After the full length oil commissioned by the sitter, 1789-90. Commissioned from Wright by Jedediah Strutt, friend and patron of sitter; by family descent, the 'Belper' Arkwright; in contemporary Belper family frame. Portrait: HL looking to L, in red coat with striped yellow-green waistcoat.
Pearwood snuff box stamped with skulls
Psychology, Psychiatry & Anthropometry
Pressed pearwood snuff box, circular detachable lid stamped with three skulls showing the front side and back of the skull respectively illustrating Dr. Gall's phrenological system as enumerated on the base, tortoiseshell lined, French, 1796-1815
Walking stick made of spiralling narwhal tusk
Walking stick made of spiralling narwhal tusk, with silver mount inscribed Myra Hooper, English, 1801-1900
Straight spectacles with folding lenses
Straight spectacles, eye preservers, white metal with tinted folding lenses, English, 1851-1900
Yard bed standard measure, inscribed: 'WEST RIDING, YORKSHIRE..'
Weighing & Measuring
Yard bed standard measure, inscribed "WEST RIDING, YORKSHIRE, 1861" "DE GRAVE, SHORT & FANNER, MAKERS. LONDON"
Medal commemorating the first manned balloon flights
Coins, Medals & Tokens
Medal, Audacia Felix, commemorating the invention of the air balloon in 1783, struck by order of King Louis XVI in 1784. Bronze; 51mm diameter. Obverse legend, Audacia Felix; representations of the Montgolfier fire balloon and also an air balloon; legend of other flights of : LF D'Arlandes et F Pilatre, 21 Nov 1783; JAC Charles et MN Robert, 1 Dec 1783. Reverse border, circle of stars; exergue legend, Patefacto per aera itinere a Josepho et Stephano Montgolfier V. Junii MDCCLXXXIII, rei memoriam posteritati tradi jussit Ludovicus XVI, anno MDCCLXXXIV [ie trans: Struck in commemoration of the Journey of Joseph and Stephen Montgolfier on the 5th June, 1783, as a remembrance to posterity by order of Louis XVI. 1784. Audacia Felix = Fortunate is he who attempts audacious things
Hindu planispheric astrolabe in copper [brass?], single plate, made for Raja Ramasimha by Sivalala in 1870. Engraved in Sanskrit with instrument laid out for the latitude of Bundi (25º 28'), Rajasthan, India. Alidade at rear missing.
Singer 'New Family' sewing machine, 1865-1883.
The Singer 'New Family' lockstitch sewing machine, made between 1865 and 1883.
Model steam locomotive, spirit fired live steam 'dribbler' 3
Model steam locomotive, spirit fired live steam 'dribbler' 3 inch gauge, Stevens' Model Dockyard 2-2-2.
Caricature of an undertaker hoping for cholera, Europe, c. 1854
Print. lithograph, some col, caricaturing precautions in a cholera epidemic [c1840-1865]. 3. 'Hoping for the spread of the cholera' (a gleeful undertaker, in hat, news reports of deaths), image 10x7cm edged to 12x9cm. Framed together with /1, /2, 52x21x2cm