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Magnetic key, 1850-1870
Magneto induction key for an electric telegraph, made by Siemens and Halske, Germany, 1850-1870
Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Contraception
Obstetrical forceps, steel, Norwegian, 19th century.
Powdered graphite microphone, 1878-1890
Microphone consisting of small tube filled with (apparently) powdered graphite with means for adjusting contact pressure of the particles, probably made by David Edward Hughes, England, 1878-1890
Cable 'tree' decorative souvenir of the Transatlantic Cable, 1858
Cable 'tree', decorative souvenir of the 1858 transatlantic submarine telegraph cable, made by George Rapson, England, 1858-1865. Five short sections of original cable mounted vertically and joined by brass shanks, with seven thin disks of cable (originally 10, three missing) suspended from the mounted sections, plus a model sailor with three flags on top. Mounted on a velvet covered circular wooden plinth
Wooden chest, "South Kensington Lecture Cabinet"
Wooden chest with two metal hooks, handles, hinges, pink cardboard insert in the lid it says south kensington lecture cabinets occulis subjecta fidelibus hygiene cabinet apparatus and models of sanitary appliances for teaching the general principles and practically demonstrating lectures on hygiene and sanitary science, designed and arranged by Charles Campbell, MEM.SAN.INST
Model of toilet bowl section
Model of a section of a toilet bowl with U-bend, marked no.56. Yellow and white. Part of a collection of models of sanitary appliances, to be used for instruction in hygiene, in cabinet
Wine glass possibly used as a culture glass by Joseph Lister
Wine glass, possibly used as a culture glass by Joseph Lister
Sir W. F. Cooke's original electric alarum, 1835-1840
Sir W. F. Cooke's original electric alarum, unknown maker, British, 1835-1840
Whitehouse's induction coil, 1858
Induction coil, probably made by E W O Whitehouse, 1857. Previously believed to have been used for working the 1858 Atlantic cable. According to recent research by Allan Green (c. 2009), this coil is NOT one of the ones used by Whitehouse in working the Atlantic Cable of 1858 (see note)
Stroh's type-printer for Wheatstone ABC communicator, 1870-1881
Stroh's type-printer for Wheatstone ABC communicator, designed by J A M Stroh, made by the British Telegraph Manufactory, London, England, 1870-1881
Device for recording warder patrols in a Lunatic Asylum
Psychology, Psychiatry & Anthropometry
Register, portable device for recording warder patrols at Sussex Lunatic Asylum, 1864-1897
Display case of specimens of cinchona micrantha bark
Materia Medica & Pharmacology
Specimens of cinchona micrantha bark, of English commerce, 1838, in glazed case, probably from Peru, Howard collection
Anthropomorphic iris root
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
Amuletic iris root, anthropomorphic, supposed to have curative powers, carried by Jews in Whitechapel 1900, part of Lovett collection, English, 1891-1900
English lever escapement watch with Karrusel by S Smith and Son
English lever escapement watch with Karrusel carriage in a silver case with gold hinges by S. Smith & Son, London. Case stamped ‘J.W.’and hallmarked 1897. White enamel dial inscribed 20794, with steel hands. The karrusel revolves in fifty two and a half minutes. Free sprung. Single-roller lever escapement. The back plate is engraved ‘Kew Class A Certificate 70.4 marks. 20794. Watchmakers to the Admiralty. S. Smith & Son. 9 Strand, London’.
Display case of specimens of cinchona calisaya bark, England, 1850-1900
Materia Medica & Pharmacology
Specimens of cinchona calisaya bark, probably from Peru, in glazed case, of English commerce, Howard collection, 1850-1900
Casket presented to Francis William Webb
Miscellanea & Curiosities
Casket, in the shape of a railway carriage, decorated with railway lamps, signals, engines and enamel plaques depicting buildings in Crewe, silk lined and padded interior contains illuminated address, presented to Francis William Webb by the Borough of Crewe on granting him the Freedom of the Borough.
Reis telephone receiver, 1863
Reis telephone receiver, made by J W Albert, Frankfurt, Germany, 1863
Portrait of the Reverand Henry Nelthropp MA, FSA (1820 – 1901)
Portrait of the Reverand Henry Nelthropp MA, FSA, by D. A. Werschmidt
Facsimile 1865 homemade telephone, 1888
Facsimile of the telephone made in 1865 by Mr S. M. Yeates (improved Reis telephone), also made by S M Yeates, Dublin, Ireland, 1888.
Wax portrait of George Atkins (1766 – 1855) by Richard Cockle Lucas
Wax portrait of George Atkins (1766 – 1855) by Richard Cockle Lucas, London, 1852.
Magneto-electrometer, made by E. O. W. Whitehouse, England, 1857
Hertzian receiving resonator, 1890-1894
Hertzian receiving resonator, probably made by E E Robinson, England, 1890-1894. Used by Oliver Lodge.
Cell used in interruptor circuit, 1875-1890
Small cell (rectangular), probably made by David Edward Hughes, England, 1875-1890
Granular microphone in bamboo tube, 1878-1890
Granular microphone in bamboo tube, probably made by David Edward Hughes, England, 1878-1890
Granular microphone in glass tube, 1878-1890
Granular microphone in glass tube, probably made by David Edward Hughes, England, 1878-1890
Self-flushing gutter pipe, England, 1850-1875
Public Health & Hygiene
`Mason's IXL Sanitary ware' stoneware self-flushing gutter fixture by Mason, England, 1850-1875
Spiral spring coherer, 1890-1894
Spiral spring coherer, probably made by E E Robinson, England, 1890-1894. Used by Oliver Lodge in his lecture before the Royal Institution on 1 June 1894 on ‘The work of Hertz and his successors’
Beale-type demonstration microscope, English, late 19th century
Copper earthing tube believed to have been used by Marconi, 1890-1897
Copper earthing tube believed to have been used by Marconi in 1896/7 in his experiments on Salisbury Plain, unknown maker, probably British, 1890-1897
Model of hygienic sanitary appliance
Metal and wooden model of a structure with moving metal element. Part of a collection of small models of sanitary appliances, to be used for instruction in hygiene, in cabinet
Model of hygienic sanitary appliance
Metal model of a structure resembling a spinning top, grey. Part of a collection of small models of sanitary appliances, to be used for instruction in hygiene, in cabinet
Hertzian oscillator, 1890-1894
Large Hertzian oscillator, unknown maker, England, 1890-1894. Used by Oliver Lodge in his lecture before the Royal Institution on 1 June 1894 on ‘The Work of Hertz and his Successors’.
Wheatstone receiver (Morse inker), 1867
Wheatstone receiver (Morse inker), unknown maker, probably British, 1867
Pill cutter, England, 1851-1900
Complete pill cutter in very good condition, made of mahogany and brass, English, second half of 19th century
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.
Fauvel laryngoscope, nickel-plated steel, with mirror and lens, late 19th century, French
Plaster model of a human eye, France, 1884
Anatomy & Pathology
Plaster model of a sectioned human eye, French, 1884.
Table chronometer in a gilt-metal and glazed case by Victor Kullburg
Spring-detent platform escapement table chronometer by Victor Kullberg. Gilt brass and glazed case. Silvered dial with subsidiary seconds and up-and-down indicator. 8-day fusee movement. Spring-detent platform escapement with helical spring and compensation balance. Signed ‘Victor Kullberg London 3973’. Engraved on the case ‘In memoriam Thomas Ogilvy, Corrimony 30th July 1877’.
Sectional Model of a Beam Engine, 1866.
Sectional model of independent 'cabinet' beam engine by Boulton, Watt & Co., comprising a copy in wood of inv. 1858-1.
Model of a channel pipe, London, England, 1896
Sewerage & Sanitation
One of two channel pipes, from twelve models for instruction in hygiene, unsigned, London, 1896
Portrait bust of Lord Kelvin, 1896
Bronze bust of Lord Kelvin by A. McFarlane Shannan, Glasgow, Scotland, 1896
'Iago - study from an Italian'
A photographic portrait of the artist's model, Angelo Colarossi (born about 1839), taken by Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879) in 1867. The print forms part of the Herschel Album.
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
Figure group: 'The Toothdrawer', Berlin, 1870-1880
Figure group 'The Toothdrawer', spelter, by R. Pereda, cast by Werch Glinniche, Berlin, 1870-1880
A T & T national telephone directory, October 1896
A T & T national telephone directory, published by the American Telephone and Telegraph Company, United States, October 1896.
Model of a drain pipe, London, England, 1896
Sewerage & Sanitation
One of three drain pipes, from twelve models for instruction in hygiene.
Experimental microphones with carbon pencils and cups, 1878-1890
Three experimental microphones consisting of carbon pencils resting in carbon cups, probably made by David Edward Hughes, England, 1878-1890.
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