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Gold chain for Lister's pocket watch
Gold chain for use with pocket watch, formerly belonging to Lord Lister, in case, by John Simmons, Fleet Street, London, 1853
model steam, crewe type locomotive
Model steam locomotive, 1/16 scale, Grand Junction Railway `Crewe Goods' 2-4-0, prototype built 1846.
Specimen of Dover-Calais telegraph cable, 1851
Specimen of Dover to Calais telegraph cable showing corrosion, made by R S Newall and Company, Millwall, London, England, 1851
Portion of the first submarine cable between Dover and Calais, 1850
Portion of the first submarine cable laid between Dover and Calais, made by the Gutta Percha Company, Islington, London, England, 1850.
Portable double-needle telegraph and test set, 1850
Portable double-needle telegraph and test set, with removable wooden cover, unknown maker, possibly British, 1850
Wax portrait of Benjamin Lewis Vulliamy (1780 – 1854)
Wax portrait of Benjamin Lewis Vulliamy (1780-1854) by Richard Cockle Lucas 1851
Wheatstone ABC telegraph receiver, 1942
ABC telegraph receiver, invented by Sir Charles Wheatstone, unknown maker, England, 1842
section of first telegraph cable, 1837
Piece of the original telegraph line laid down between Euston Square and Camden Town, made by William Cooke and Charles Wheatstone, England, 1837.
Two lancets in a patterned silver case
Two lancets, steel blade in tortoiseshell sheath, by Savigny and Co. of London, 1810-1850, in silver case, inscribed "R.G.," made in Birmingham in 1844
Single-needle block instrument
Signalling & Telecommunications
Cooke's single needle instrument 1845 for signalling on the Norfolk Railway.
Tobacco box - made from a piece of roman lead pipe
Miscellanea & Curiosities
Tobacco box, made from a piece of lead pipe found in Roman remains in Old Broad Street, North London Railway. Presented to H. Jones by his friend Jn Johnson in October 1854. Brass inscription on lid.
Silver snuff boxes, United Kingdom, presented in 1832 and 1850
Snuff container presented to Robert Fortescue for work during the cholera epidemic in Plymouth, by Mills of Birmingham, silver partly gilt, 1832
Insulators used for Morse's telegraph, 1835
Insulators used for Morse's telegraph, unknown maker, United States, 1835
Cooke and Wheatstone's ABC telegraph transmitter
Cooke and Wheatstone's ABC telegraph transmitter, unknown maker, England, 1840
pot for Daniell cell used by Edward Davy, 1836-1839
Pot for Daniell cell used and possibly made by Edward Davy, England, 1836-1839. Found in a field in Somerset by J J Fahie, an historian of the electric telegraph, in 1883.
Henley's magneto electric double needle telegraph, 1848-1852
Henley's magneto electric double needle telegraph, made by the Magnetic Telegraph Company, England, 1848-1852.
Sample of submarine cable laid between Dover and Calais, 1850
Short length (including a joint) of the original Cross-Channel submarine telegraph cable laid on 28th August 1850 between Dover and Calais. Cable originally made by Gutta Percha Company, Islington, London, England, 1850.
Lead weight marked 'Reid' from the first cross-Channel telegraph cable, 1850.
Lead weight, marked Reid, with which the original cross-Channel telegraph cable of 1850 was weighted, made by Reid Brothers, Islington, London, England, 1850
Gold watch made for Queen Amelie of France by Henri Motel
Gold engine-turned case. White enamel dial signed ‘hri Motel hges de la Marine Rle No. 48’ with subsidiary seconds. Steel hands. Mahogany deck box with silver plate inscribed ‘Don de la Reine Amelie H H’. Cuvette engraved with equation-of-time table. Pivoted detent escapement. Four-arm compensation balance, conical balance spring without terminal curve. Jewelled to centre. Paris, c.1840
Sir W. F. Cooke's original electric alarum, 1835-1840
Sir W. F. Cooke's original electric alarum, unknown maker, British, 1835-1840
Epergne presented to Robert Stephenson
Miscellanea & Curiosities
Epergne, silver, designed and manufactured by Mr B Smith of Duke Steet, Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, presented to Robert Stephenson, 16th November 1839.
Octant made of ebony and brass
Octant made by John Smith, London, about 1830. Ebony frame and limb with brass index arm and fittings; an inlaid ivory plate on the crossbar. Signed on the plate on the crossbar: J. SMITH 126 Wapping LONDON. Radius 9 inches. Inlaid ivory scale from -3° to 96°, every 20'. Ivory vernier to 1', zero at the right. The tangent screw and clamping screw are on the back of the index arm. Three shades (two red, one green); three horizon shades (two red, one green). Index-glass adjustment by screw; adjustment of the horizon glass by a fixed screw and a lever, worm gear and a milled clamping screw. The sight vane is lacking. No box. (B 696)
Type used for original morse telegraph, 1835
Type used for original morse telegraph, unknown maker, United States, 1835
Wax portrait of George Atkins (1766 – 1855) by Richard Cockle Lucas
Wax portrait of George Atkins (1766 – 1855) by Richard Cockle Lucas, London, 1852.
Section of early underground telegraph cable, 1846
Section of early underground telegraph cable, believed to have been laid from Dumfries to Portpatrick, made by Edwin Clark and Henry Muirhead, British, 1846.
Printing telegraph receiver, 1845-1851
Printing telegraph receiver, probably made by John Watkins Brett, London, England, 1845-1851. Used to transmit the first telegraphic message under the sea in 1851, from Dover to Cap Gris Nez by John Watkins Brett (1805-1863)
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
Bright's bell telegraph, 1855
Bright's bell telegraph, unknown maker, England, 1855
Dental impression tray
Dental impression tray, bronze, gilt, probably French, from the Charriere, Collin and Gentile collection, circa 1840
Clark's block signalling telegraph instrument, 1854
Signalling & Telecommunications
Clark's block signalling telegraph instrument, invented by Edwin Clark, probably made by W T Henley's Telegraph Works Company for the Electric Telegraph Company, London, England, 1854. This type of instrument was used of the London and North Western Railway Line between London and Rugby from 1855
Cooke and Wheatstone's A.B.C. Telegraph Receiver, 1839-1840
Cooke and Wheatstone's A.B.C. Telegraph Receiver, probably made by Sir William Cooke, England, 1839-1840. Only known example of this type of telegraph pointer. Knob for rotating the dial has been broken off.
A.B.C. telegraph transmitter, 1835-1845
Magneto-electric ABC transmitter, patented by Charles Wheatstone and William Fothergill Cooke, British, around 1840.
Diploma awarding honorary membership of the London Vaccine Institution, London, England, 1826
[Engraved diploma awarding honorary membership of the Institution to John Richard Bernie / London Vaccine Institution. 1826 Dec 18. Engraved by J. Dadley after James George Oben. On SM neg. HYG/C000019]
Keyboard for transmitting telegraphic messages, 1845-1851
Keyboard for transmitting telegraphic messages, probably made by John Watkins Brett, London, England, 1845-1851
Bench vice belonging to George Stephenson
Tools of the Trade & Personal Accessories
Bench vice, iron, used by George Stephenson during the Rainhill trials, 1829. Overall: 310 mm x 610 mm x 300 mm.
windsor mantle clock
Clock, mantle, Great Western Railway, No 3355, from Royal Waiting Room, Windsor and Eton Station, pendulum movement, by Cole of London, c.1850. Elephants on side panels. Serial no inside - '31925CHVCNE'. Overall: 630 mm x 340 mm x 210 mm.
Pocket watch belonging to Joseph Lister
Gold pocket watch with second hand dial, formerly belonging to Lord Lister, by Simmons, London, 1853
Shoulder papier-mache doll accompanying English wo
Materials Science Gallery
Shoulder papier-mache doll accompanying English wooden doll.Circa 1840, with leather body, wooden lower limbs in original dress.
'Royal Address of Cadwallader ap-Tudor ap-Edwards ap-Vaughan, Water-King of Southwark', print, London, England, 1832
Coloured etching by G[eorge] Cruikshank: Source of the Southwark Water Works, or [headed] Salus Populi Suprema Lex. Published by S. Knight, . 51x32.5cm. Printed on broadsheet with text poem beneath: Royal Address of Cadwallader... water-king of Southwark [John Edwards]. Concern at pollution and threat to public health. In frame 69x44x2cm
Nimbus, or rain cloud
[Cloud modifications] / E Kenyon [Kennion] with Luke Howard. - n.d. [March 1849]. - one of 4 drawings: pen, watercolour, with white; 28x19cm or smaller; [Plate 5] Nimbus, or rain cloud. - Original studies of clouds "from nature" by Luke Howard, with landscapes by "Mr Kenyon". These were lithographed by EM Williams and printed by M&N Hanhart as illustrations for the 3rd edition of Howard's Essay on the Modifications of Clouds, 1865. The explanations of plates prefacing this edition are by "LH, March 1849" who gave "a number of sketches" to Kenyon. Clouds and landscapes of drawings 1 and 3 are closely related to engravings in Rees' Cyclopedia, dated (Science Museum copy) 1810 and 1820, after work by "E. Kennion" or E. Kennyon" ie, Edward Kennion (1744-1809). It is not known whether these watercolours were executed by 1809, by Edward Kennion using cloud sketches made by Luke Howard (1772-1864) during his most active time of cloud sketching and observation; or, whether Howard refers to Kennion's son Charles John (1789-1853), also an accomplished landscape artist, who may have worked with these sketches in 1849 or 180-. The watercolours are not dated, and more than one finished study may have been made by Howard from his sketchbooks, at any time 180- to 1849. nos. 1 and 4 together in frame 51x37.5x2.5cm.
model passenger locomotive 1837
Model steam locomotive, 1:12 scale, working, represents a standard passenger type locomotive c.1837, made by Mr. J. Dawson, District Superintendent at Southampton of the London & Southampton Railway.
model locomotion no 1
Model of locomotive No.1, "Locomotion", Stockton & Darlington Railway, 1825.
Model Passenger Locomotive, 1840-1845
model locomotive, scale 1:5, sectioned model of locomotive with inside cylinders and single drivers, c. 1840-5. Made by Elliott Bros, 30 Strand, London.
model of london & croydon railway semaphore signal
Model signal, scale 1:16, London & Croydon Railway, first semaphore signal, by K H Gregory, 1841.
Hand printing block, pattern C7415, made by Stead McAlpin & Co. Ltd, Carlisle c.1840.
Plaster phrenological head of Sir William Edward Parry
Psychology, Psychiatry & Anthropometry
Plaster phrenological head of Sir William Edward Parry, explorer, by De Ville of London, 1829-1850
Wheatstone printing telegraph, 1841
Wheatstone original printing telegraph, designed by Charles Wheatstone, unknown maker, England, 1841.
Five-needle train signalling instrument used on the London and Blackwall Railway
Signalling & Telecommunications
5-needle train signalling instrument used on the London and Blackwall Railway, probably made by W T Henley's Telegraph Works Company for the Electric Telegraph Company, England, 1840. The London and Blackwall railway was the second permanent telegraph line to be constructed, along a 3 mile section of the track.