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Haighton obstetrical forceps
Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Contraception
Forceps, obstetrical, Haighton, steel, wood and leather, 1780-1850
Large electromagnet with one armature and two pole
Electricity and Magnetism
Large electromagnet with one armature and two pole pieces (1850)
Standard Gallon volume measure, for the USA
Weighing & Measuring
Brass Standard Gallon volume measure for the United States of America. Based on the adopted English Winchester standard for dry goods which was superseded in Britain by Imperial Measure in 1826. One of a set of measures presented by the Federal Government to the Standards Department of the British Board of Trade in 1842.
Standard one-eighth Quarter-Gallon volume measure, for the USA
Weighing & Measuring
Brass Standard one-eighth Gallon [pint] volume measure for the United States of America. Based on the adopted English Winchester standard for dry goods which was superseded in Britain by Imperial Measure in 1826. One of a set of measures presented by the Federal Government to the Standards Department of the British Board of Trade in 1842.
Light French spectacles with oval lenses and hook side-arms
Light steel French spectacles with grooved oval lenses and hook side-arms, 1845.
Carapace of turtle, in 2 sections in display box,
Materia Medica & Pharmacology
Carapace of turtle, in 2 sections in display box, used as emmenagogue, possibly Chinese, 1851 to 1930
Tilting tea-kettle, heated by metal slug
Tilting tea-kettle, heated by a metal slug, 1845, by Shoolbred, Loveridge and Shoolbred of Wolverhampton
View of Round Tower from Lower Ward, Windsor Castle
Calotype negative, hypo fixed, of Windsor Castle, Round Tower, by William Henry Fox Talbot. Inscription '41' handwritten in pencil on reverse.
Photograph of Lace
Paper photograph, detail of lace magnified, by Fox Talbot 1839-1841; M.F.H. Cat. No. 43.
Hydrometer for measuring densities of liquids, mid
Hydrometer for measuring densities of liquids, mid 19th century; associated with W.H. Fox Talbot, in wooden case
Parautoptic lock, exhibited at the 1851 Great Exhibition
Locks & Fastenings
Parautoptic lock, by Day & Newell, Manhattan, New York, New York State, United States of America, 1851. Exhibited at the 1851 Great Exhibition, London, England. Despite many attempts, there is no record that this lock has ever been picked.
Eyepiece for transit theodolite
Eyepiece for 6 inch transit theodolite by Henry Barrow & Co., c.1850
Apothecary's scales, with weights and case, 1847
Weighing & Measuring
Apothecary's scales by W. and T. Avery's with weights (scruples and drachms) and case, dated 1847. Length of beam 4 15/16", sensitivity 0.06gr.
Daguerreotype In Black Lacquered Book-Type Case
85x100mm black Morocco leather book-type case. Front inlaid with mother-of-pearl and gold leaf in bouquet of flowers design. Gold leaf in scrolls around edges. Black lacquered with gold leaf scrolls. Lined with patterned red plush and gold leaf pattern around inside edge. Pinchbeck frame. 53x65mm daguerreotype three quarter length portrait in profile of young woman seated by table. Face and hands tinted pink.
Tenaculum, steel, folding, in tortoiseshell sheath
Tenaculum, steel, folding, in tortoiseshell sheath, by Arnold and Edgill of Sheffield, 1845-1852
Rolling Parallel 9-Inch Rule
Rolling parallel 9-inch rule, made by Thomas Underhill.
Allan's Saccharometer (c. 1840) signed P STEVENSON
Allan's Saccharometer (c. 1840) signed P STEVENSON MAKER EDINBURGH, NO. 2461, with 12 weights, brass scale thermometer and ivory temperature rule in mahogany case (instruction booklet missing)
Crosshead pin, for Inverted Vertical Steam Engine
Crosshead pin, for Inverted Vertical Steam Engine Model, or small example, of Nasmyth's steam hammer, or inverted, type of engine, 1848-1850, single cylinder.
Collection of 9 models of various valves adopted
Collection of 9 models of various valves adopted in mine pumps, scale 1:12, made by T.B. Jordan 1844
Model of Cordes and Locke's proposed marine steam turbine
Model in brass, scale 1: 64, of Cordes and Locke's proposed marine steam turbine, by James Jamieson Cordes and Edward Locke, Newport, Monmouthshire, c.1846
Thermometer in glass tube, by Maltwood of Hatton G
Thermometer in glass tube, by Maltwood of Hatton Garden; Reaumur and Fahrenheit scales on ivory, c. 1840
Case for optical wedge pyrometer
Fitted case covered with red leather for optical wedge pyrometer, William H. Darker, London, England, 1846-1851.
2 lancets, steel and tortoiseshell, different Engl
2 lancets, steel and tortoiseshell, different English, makers, in silver case, made in London, in 1847
Pocket watch winding key
Gold plated steel key, for winding pocket watch, formerly belonging to Lord Lister, in case, by John Simmons, Fleet Street, London, 1853
Calotype camera used by William Henry Fox Talbot, c 1841
Calotype camera with lens and metal focussing cover, (mahogany), c 1839-1842. Camera owned and used by William Henry Fox Talbot; made by Andrew Ross. During 1838 and 1840 Talbot purchased a number of cameras to make photogenic drawings from the London instrument maker, Andrew Ross. Equipped with simple lens there is also an inspection hole in the lens panel above the lens that was use to check that the image was centrally located on the sensitive paper and correctly focused.
Great Western Railway tipstaff
Tools of the Trade & Personal Accessories
Inspector's tipstaff, Great Western Railway, brass crown, ebony handle, engraved "GWR"; Dimensions: 7.15 in (181.61 mm).
Silver Repeater Pocket Watch by Ellicott and Smith, 1830-1843
Repeater watch, cylinder escapement, in silver case by Ellicott, London, no.5083, horizontal, case hall marked 1843, out of order.
Pancratic refracting telescope by Spencer, Brownin
Pancratic refracting telescope by Spencer, Browning & Co., London, England, c. 1845. Nickel-plated brass (?), mahogany tube, lens cap.
Compound monocular microscope
Compound monocular microscope by Powell and Lealand, dated 1845 (see note).
Ordinary spirit-in-glass thermometer with ivory sc
Ordinary spirit-in-glass thermometer with ivory scale and mahogany frame, signed J. Newman, London, c.1854. Scale -90 to +104 degrees Fahrenheit
Compound monocular microscope, by W. Heath of Devo
Compound monocular microscope, by W. Heath of Devonport, English, dated 1854
Induction coil, multi-core with brass cover, outer
Induction coil, multi-core with brass cover, outer cover of leather and wood, with adjuster screw and trembler, probably English, c.1850
Simmons' Improved Sovereign balance, c.1840
Weighing & Measuring
Simmons' Improved Sovereign balance, c.1840, to weigh Sovereigns and Half-sovereigns and to gauge both by diameter and thickness, in brass, 4" long x1"x3/4", stamped: Sovereign ( Crown) Warranted
Ring Mould for Casting Type, 1841-1851
Printing & Writing
Ring mould for casting type, 1841-1851, with matrice. It was used for casting type in the donor's (Pepper and Son's) foundry.
Moulded rubber plaque
Plastics and Modern Materials
Rubber plaque, made by Charles Macintosh and Co. for the Great Exhibition, dated May 1st, 1851.
Original negative photograph, on glass, of the 40' telescope
Original negative photograph, on glass, of the 40' telescope at Slough, produced in 1839 by Sir John Herschel; with one bromide print.
A cyanotype of 'Bangia fusco-purpurea' from 'Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions', made by Anna Atkins (1799-1871) in 1843. 'Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions', a collection of cyanotype photograms of algae, was self-published in installments over ten years from 1843. This first installment is credited as the first photographically illustrated book.
A cyanotype of 'Cystoseira ericoides' from 'Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions', made by Anna Atkins (1799-1871) in 1843. 'Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions', a collection of cyanotype photograms of algae, was self-published in installments over ten years from 1843. This first installment is credited as the first photographically illustrated book.
Babbitt half bearing brass for a small crank pin o
Mechanical Power Transmission
Babbitt half bearing brass for a small crank pin of 2- 3/4"diam.
Billing monaural stethoscope, English(?), 1840-1850
Modification of Billing's monaural stethoscope, c.
Modification of Billing's monaural stethoscope, c.1850, English(?), 1845-1855
Instructional information for Sledge compass used in search for Sir John Franklin
Instructional information for Sledge compass used in search for Sir John Franklin, removable panel from compass case
Morse embosser, 1853, used by the Electric Telegra
Morse embosser, 1853, used by the Electric Telegraph Company
Bronze ten centimes piece, with head of Emperor Na
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
Bronze ten centimes piece, with head of Emperor Napoleon the third, amuletic, cut leaving head and outer band only and perforated, De Mortillet collection, French, 1853
Specimen jar containing aconite roots
Materia Medica & Pharmacology
Jar of aconite roots, unknown provenance, dated 1845