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Royal Victorian Medal presented to Mr D Hughes, 1901
Coins and Medals
Medal, gold, on blue and red ribbon, Royal Victoria Medal, cased, case inscribed "Presented by His Majesty the King to Mr D Hughes July 29th 1901". Overall: 80 mm x 35 mm x 7 mm; overall (box): 64 mm x 113 mm x 22 mm.
Cornish piskie amuletic pendant
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
Cornish piskie (pixie) amuletic pendant, made of brass, in form of fob seal, inscribed, English, 1871-1930
Saddle bag first aid kit, England, 1900-1918
Saddle-bag first aid kit, pair of canvas panniers linked by rubber band, containing dressings, tablets and ointments, many prepared by Burroughs Wellcome and Co., English, 1900-1918
Kodak Beau Brownie No 2
Box camera for 120 rollfilm 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 inches. Fitted with a doublet lens, sliding plate with three apertures, rotary shutter, B/I and two reflecting finders. In blue leatherette with two tone blue geometrical design on the front panel. Eastman Kodak, 1930-1932
'The British Nave' at the Great Exhibition of 1851
Print. Chromolithograph, 'The British Nave', Plate 3 (Proof) of a set of four large prints commemorating the Opening of the Great Exhibition of 1851, [after paintings by Joseph Nash]. Printed and published by Dickinson Brothers, New Bond Street. . Image 54.5x75cm on card 71x88cm. Signed Joseph Nash in ink on lower left edge of image. View of the Western or British Nave looking East, with long panorama of structure and layout of main avenue. In centre above horse's head is dioptric revolving lighthouse reflector mechanism by Chance Brothers & Co; then Seeley fountain; large Ross telescope; Coalbrookdale Dome. Large case on foreground left with model of Liverpool docks, beside cotton and beneath Philosophical and electric displays. Banners hang from balconies with arms of cities of Britain: York is nearest on right. Queen Victoria with Prince Albert and family are being escorted through on tour; guests and visitors stand watching and waiting. In frame, 84x100x2cm
Model steam locomotive, approx. 1/10 scale, live steam for table-top operation, 2-2-2 inside-cylinder type, brass, named `Eclipse', built by John Turner, Hyde, 1841
The Ivel Agricultural Tractor
Ivel agricultural tractor on three steel wheels (front single, with solid rubber tyre; rear, straked), designed by Daniel Alborne, and made by Ivel Agricultural Motors Limited, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, England, 1902, and two spark plugs by Lodge Sparking Plug Company Limited, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England, 1913-1920. Engine: 2-cylinder horizontally opposed petrol. Believed to be the first 'production' tractor built by Ivel, and the first British internal combustion engine powered light agricultural tractor.
Glass flask used by Louis Pasteur, France, 1860-1864
Glass flask containing yeast water, prepared by Pasteur during his experiments on spontaneous generation, French
Model railway carriage, 3rd class smoking compartment
Model Railway Carriage, London & South Western Railway, 3rd class smoking compartment, with lavatory and communicating door, as exhibited in connection with the murder trial of George Parker who killed William Pearson on January 17th 1901 between Surbiton and Vauxhall.
stock exchange automatic telegraph, 1872-1880
Stock exchange automatic telegraph, made by Thomas Edison, Menlo Park, New Jersey, United States, 1872-1880
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]
Hen-feathered male Sebright bantam
Hen-feathered male Sebright bantam, bred by Thomas Hunt Morgan, United States, 1914-1924
Artificial leg made for a child, England, 1903
Peg leg made in the shipyard at Blyth (Northumbria) by the father of a 3 year old boy who lost his right leg below the knee in 1903. The patient was still wearing a conventional below knee prosthesis at the age of 79.
Crossley telephone receiver, 1880
Telephone receiver, Crossley's patent 1880, unknown maker, British, 1880.
Ceramic pot for Oriental toothpaste
Ceramic pot for oriental tooth paste, supplied by Liptrot and Co., Accrington, England, 1870-1910
Porcelain medicine spoon
Porcelain medicine spoon, with bowed half-cover, 1830-1930, European(?) or American(?)
Robert Dudgeon’s sphygmograph
Sphygmograph which belonged to Dudgeon, by J. Ganter, 19 Crawford Street, London, England, 1876.
One of Fleming's first thermionic diode valves, 1889
Thermionic valve, one of three original examples, by Sir John Ambrose Fleming, London, England, 1904. This valve uses a lamp with a cylindrical aluminium filament, by Edison & Swan United Electric Company, London, England, 1889.
Electrogalvanic amulet, zinc, copper and white metal disc, made by Joseph Raspail, French, 1870-1930, with crescent moon at center and six maple(?) leaves around it, no chain. Inscribed around edge of face 'La mysterieuse pile electrique de sante de Joseph Raspail Brevete S.G.D.G.' and nearer centre 'Son fluide magnetique par excellence'. Also 'ATTRACTION' between horns of moon. On reverse around edge, 'Toujours en contact avec vous je vous preserverai et vous guerirai de toutes vos maladies'; around moon, 'Son fluide dynamique par influence'; and next to moon, 'No. 5'.
Receiver for Baudot Multiplex type-printing telegraph, 1911-1925
Receiver for Baudot Multiplex type-printing telegraph, made by the Automatic Telephone Manufacturing Company, Edge Hill, Liverpool, England, 1911-1925
Seeger dry-air siphon refrigerator, c. 1900.
Insulated wooden ice box (dry air siphon refrigertor), in which food i s chilled by the insulation of ice blocks into an adjoining compartmen t from which cold air circulates, by the Seeger Refrigerator Co, St Pa ul, Minnesota, U.S.A., 1880-1920
'Leiber's Five Letter American Telegraph Code', book issued 1915
Telegraph code book, 'Lieber's Five Letter American Telegraph Code' by B Franklin Lieber, published by The Lieber Code Company Limited, New York, United States, 1915. Number 22711 hand-stamped on front fly-leaf
Lapel badges, France, 1915-1917
One of seven lapel badges, circular, embossed gilt metal, fund raiser on Day of the Wounded and Tuberculosed Soldiers of the War, by Lalique, French, 1915-1917
Branly tripod coherer, 1900-1910
Branly tripod coherer, probably made by Edouard Branly, France, 1900-1910
Infant weighing machine
Nursing & Hospital Furnishings
Infant weighing machine, 1890-1920, by Salter, English
Tooth shade guide, England, 1890-1910
Shade guide, for porcelain teeth, 24 (of 25) samples in circular nickel plated frame, by the Dental Manufacturing Co., England, 1890-1910
Sugar nippers, 19th century.
Black-painted metal sugar nippers for breaking up blocks of crystallin e sugar, English (?), 1880-1900
Nitrous oxide cylinder
Empty nitrous oxide cylinder, used in dentistry(?), 1840-1868
Siemens and Halske's ABC telegraph
Siemens and Halske's ABC telegraph used in Russia, made by Siemens and Halske, probably Berlin, Gernany, 1850-1897
Crossley table telephone, 1879
Crossley desk-type telephone transmitter, made by Emmot and Blakey, Bradford, West Yorkshire, England, 1879
Desk telephone transmitter and receiver (sectioned), 1926.
Sectioned desk telephone transmitter and receiver, made by the Automatic Telephone Manufacturing Company, Edge Hill, Liverpool, England, 1926
Carved figure of breastfeeding woman
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
Carved ebony figure of seated woman suckling an infant, woman's face ornamented with tribal scarification, wearing an amuletic necklace, possibly represents Odudua, Earth Goddess in the Yoruba pantheon, probably Yoruba people, West African, 1890-1920
Section of miniature hospital, adult and children's wards
Nursing & Hospital Furnishings
Adult and childrens' ward block of hospital model, part of miniature hospital made for publicity for King Edward's Hospital Fund for London, 1930-1932
Gold, porcelain, and ivory denture set
Partial denture set, swaged gold plates, porcelain gold tube anteriors, ivory block posteriors, gold coil springs, English, c. 1840-1860.
Telephone receivers with wooden handles, 1877-1902
Two early 'butterstamp' telephone receivers with wooden handles and square diaphragms, believed to have been the property of Dr Alexander Graham Bell, unknown maker, 1877-1902
Pen tray made of gutta-percha
Plastics and Modern Materials
Pen tray of gutta-percha, made by the Gutta Percha Company, England, 1850-1900
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.
Micrometer type mechanical comparator
Whitworth millionth measuring machine in a case for comparing components against standard inch bars; made in 1855.
Silver-plated ear trumpet, by FC Rein & Son, London, England, 1850-1900
Decorated pedestal water closets 'The New Humber'
One of two decorated pedestal water closets 'The New Humber' by McDowall, Steven and Co.Ltd., 4 Upper Thames Street, E.C., c.1880
Double-sided dummy single-needle telegraph used for training operators, 1870-1930
Double-sided dummy single-needle telegraph used for training operators, made by the General Post Office, British, 1870-1930
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
Murray multiplex tape transmitter, 1910-1920
Murray multiplex tape transmitter, made by the Reid Brothers, Camden, London, England, 1910-1920
Sample of transatlantic cable, 1865-66
Sample of transatlantic cable, made by the Telegraph Construction and Maintenance Company Limited, Greenwich, London, England, 1865-66
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'
Section of miniature hospital including kitchen and theatre
Nursing & Hospital Furnishings
Kitchen, operating theatre, boardroom and office block, model, part of miniature hospital made for publicity for King Edward's Hospital Fund for London, 1930-1932