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Platt Brothers Notice
Metal notice made by Platt Brothers and Co. Ltd, Oldham, c.1899 regarding working hours.
Bell from Liverpool Road Station, Manchester
Liverpool & Manchester Railway
Bell from Liverpool Road Station, Manchester, c. 1831.
sample of deep-sea section of first transatlantic cable, 1857-1858
Sample of deep-sea section of first transatlantic cable mounted on wooden presentation block, made by Glass, Elliot and Company, Greenwich, London, England, 1857-1858.
Hank Winding Machine
Cop-reel hank-winding machine, made by Platt Brothers & Co. Ltd, Oldham, 1897.
scale with metal stand for Thompson mirror speaking galvanometer, 1858
Scale on stand, for Thomson mirror speaking galvanometer, made by Elliott Brothers, Strand, London, England, 1858
Print, 'Interior Tanks', a scene on 'Great Eastern' during the laying of the first Atlantic cable, 1865-1867
Coloured print of Robert Charles Dudley's 'Interior Tanks' (scene on "Great Eastern" during laying of the first Atlantic cable), printed by Day and Son Limited, Camden, London, England, 1865-1867. Full title of the work is 'Interior of one of the tanks aboard the Great Eastern - cable passing out'.
polarized 'guillotine' relay, 1862-1866
Polarized 'guillotine' relay, designed by W Andrews, England, 1862-1866.
Experimental microphone, 1878-1890
One experimental microphone consisting of one gas carbon pencil hanging horizontally in contact with one vertical gas carbon pencil, probably made by David Edward Hughes, England, 1878-1890
Early submarine cables and grapnel, 1858-1866.
Glazed case (no glass) containing specimens of submarine cables etc:- viz: (a) two specimens of shore end and two specimens of main cable of each of Atlantic cables, 1858, 1865 and 1866; (b) two specimens of grapnel rope used in recovery of 1865 cable; (c) two specimens of 1865 cable recovered; (d) model of grapnel used in recovery of 1865 cable
Clockwork interruptor, once owned by David Hughes, 1875-1880
Clockwork interruptor made and used by David Edward Hughes (1831-1900), England, c. 1879
Specimen of telegraph cable laid in Birmingham in 1856
Specimen of early telegraph cables laid in Birmingham in 1856, unearthed in 1898, unknown maker, British, 1856. 12 gutta-percha covered copper wires, each wire being around 1.67mm in diameter, making it most likely a No. 16 gauge wire of the period. The gutta-percha covering makes each wire 5.6mm in diameter
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.
Isambard Kingdom Brunel, English civil engineer, mid-19th century.
Plaster bust of Isambard Kingdom Brunel
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.
submarine cable laid across the River Medina, 1878
Submarine telegraph cable laid across the River Medina, Isle of Wight, 1878, recovered 1977. Believed used in A.G. Bell's telephone experiment between Cowes and Osborne House.
Model pipe with funnel top
Yellow metal model of pipe with square funnel-like top. Sticker marked 45. Part of a collection of small models of sanitary appliances, to be used for instruction in hygiene, in cabinet
Portable double-needle telegraph and test set, 1850
Portable double-needle telegraph and test set, with removable wooden cover, unknown maker, possibly British, 1850
Receiving ‘jigger’ used by the Marconi Company, 1898
Receiving ‘jigger’ or oscillation transformer, single layer primary and secondary coils (split), used by the Marconi Company, probably made by Marconi's Wireless Telegraphy Company, Chelmsford, Essex, England, 1898
letter written by William Thomson (Lord Kelvin), 1858
Letter written by William Thomson (later Lord Kelvin) relating to the machinery for laying the Atlantic Telegraph Cable, Glasgow, Scotland, 2nd March 1858
The Atlantic Telegraph, broadsheet, 1866
Broadsheet, printed, hand-coloured engravings, 'The Atlantic Telegraph', describing the laying of the first successful transatlantic telegraph cables, published by Bacon & Co, 48 Paternoster Row, London, England, 1866. In glazed frame, 91 x 65.7 cm.
Single-needle block instrument
Signalling & Telecommunications
Cooke's single needle instrument 1845 for signalling on the Norfolk Railway.
Ring transformer, 1892
John Gavey's ring transformer, used between Lavernock and Flatholm, made by John Gavey, Wales, 1892. Mounted on polished wooden board
Royal footwarmer, Great Western Railway
Footwarmer, brass, Great Western Railway, footwarmer from Royal Saloon 1856-1901 as inscribed.
Penny Farthing Bicycle
High Ordinary (Penny Farthing) bicycle made by William Harrison, Manchester, c.1885.
powdered graphite microphone, 1878-1890
Microphone consisting of small tube filled with (apparently) powdered graphite, probably made by David Edward Hughes, England, 1878-1890
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.
Powdered graphite microphone, 1878-1890
Microphone consisting of two small tubes filled with (apparently) powdered graphite, probably made by David Edward Hughes, England, 1878-1890
Red metal model smokebox with label, Two rubber tubes coming off of the object one from top and one from base. Top has a metal and wooden end, and the base is red rubber. Text reads: 'Smokebox: connect to apparatus to opening a in model 121 and then place an ignited smoke ball in the box, and drive smoke into the model by aid of bellows attached to smokebox see notes on drain ventilation in instructions. Part of a collection of small models of sanitary appliances, to be used for instruction in hygiene, in cabinet
Model demonstrating different types of eye sight, Europe, 1880-1900
Eye defect teaching model, on wood stand, probably English, 1801-1900.
Glass pharmacy storage bottle
Glass bottle, painted with the scene of the birth of Saint, from the Santa Maria Nuova Hospital in Florence
Wine glass possibly used as a culture glass by Joseph Lister
Wine glass, possibly used as a culture glass by Joseph Lister
Medal showing St Hubert and St Roch, France, 1831-1900
Gilt medal of St. Hubert and St. Roch, loop for suspension as holy pendant, possibly French, 1830-1900
Gold lever watch by George Blackie
Lever escapement watch by George Blackie in a gold engine-turned case. White enamel dial with a subsidiary seconds dial and up-and-down indicator. Helical balance-spring. Signed ‘Geoe. Blackie fecit 392, Strand, London No. 742’. Engraved on the back plate ‘Nelthropp prize winner 1873’. Hallmarked for 1873.
Edison telephone peg switchboard and pegs, 1879
Edison telephone peg switchboard with six pegs, made by the Edison Telegraph Company of London Limited, London, England, 1879
Snow-type chloroform inhaler
Bottle and tubing from Snow's inhaler for chloroform anaesthesia, face mask missing, by Savigny and Co., England, 1848-1870
Green tin of sulpho-chromic catgut ligatures
Green tin, 11 lengths of black sulpho-chromic catgut ligatures, by J.F. Macfarlon, British, 1876-1900
'Thunder pump' magneto-electric device, 1856
'Thunder pump' magneto-electric device, made by W T Henley's Telegraph Works Company Limited, London, England, 1856
Gooch centrepiece, 1872
Miscellanea & Curiosities
Centrepiece, silver, commissioned and purchased by Sir Daniel Gooch, 1872, engraved with the arms of the Gooch family and of the Great Western Railway Company. At the top is a figure of a woman, representing the Arts, at the base are three seated figures; Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Joseph Locke and George Stephenson. Design also features one of Gooch's Great Western Railway locomotives, a railway viaduct, and a scene showing the laying of a transatlantic cable.
Sinclair line selector automatic switch board, 1880-1890
Sinclair line selector automatic switch board (glass broken and incomplete), patented by David Sinclair, probably made by the National Telephone Company, British, 1880-1890
One of four original Swan and Raven models used by
One of four original Swan and Raven models used by William froude on River Dart in 1867 measuring 6 foot in length.
replica of Bell's 1876 'iron-box' receiver, 1959
Replica of Bell's 1876 'iron box' receiver, made by Science Museum Workshops, South Kensington, London, England, 1959
Print, 'Launching Buoy' scene on "Great Eastern" during the laying of the first Atlantic cable, 1865-1867
Coloured print of Robert Charles Dudley's 'Launching Buoy' (scene on "Great Eastern" during laying of the first Atlantic cable), printed by Day and Son Limited, Camden, London, England, 1865-1867. Full title of the print is 'Launching buoy on August 8th in Lat 51 25 30, Long 38 56, marking spot where cable has been grappled'
Platt Brothers Notice
Metal notice, Platt Brothers and Co. Ltd, Oldham, around 1889.
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
Zither switch with open-wire multiple and two-motion ratchet drive, 1894
Zither switch with open-wire multiple and two-motion ratchet drive, made by the Strowger Automatic Telephone Company, Indiana, United States, 1894.
Print, 'Large Buoy' scene on 'Great Eastern' during the laying of the first Atlantic cable, 1865-1867
Coloured print of Robert Charles Dudley's 'Large Buoy' (scene on "Great Eastern" during laying of the first Atlantic cable), printed by Day and Son Limited, Camden, London, England, 1865-1867. Full title of the print is 'Getting out one of the large buoys for launching August 2nd'
Strowger calling dial, 1900
Strowger calling dial, made by the Automatic Electric Company, United States, 1900
Cloth, dark blue and cream check
Cloth, dark blue and cream check, made in the United States, around 1900.
Lamp cover for Thompson mirror speaking galvanometer, 1858
Lamp cover for Thomson mirror speaking galvanometer, made by Elliott Brothers, Strand, London, England, 1858
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