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Small specimen of the 1857 Atlantic telegraph cable
Small specimen of the 1857 Atlantic telegraph cable, made by Newall and Co. of Birkenhead
Islay shipwreck components
Locomotives and Rolling Stock Components
Gauge glass fittings, part of a collection of locomotive components from Neilson locomotives shipwrecked off Islay, 1857.
Vinaigrette in the form of a book
Silver vinaigrette, in the form of a book which opens to show perforated hinged inner lid, by E.S., hallmarked in Birmingham, 1855
Sycamore Avenue, Woodhouselee
Collodion print by George Michael Tytler, titled "Sycamore Avenue, Woodhouselee". Image shows the drive leading up to the Fraser-Tytler family estate near Roslin, south of Edinburgh. Included on page 6 of the Exchange Photographic Club album of 1855.
Salt print of a Cuneiform clay tablet
Salt print by Roger Fenton, showing a cuneiform clay tablet, previously owned by William Henry Fox Talbot and used by him in an attempt to decipher what was then a lost language.
Close grey pig-iron, Newland Furnace, Ulverston, 1
Close grey pig-iron, Newland Furnace, Ulverston, 1856, communicated by Mr. Roper
Coke from steam coal obtained at Seaton Burn Colliery
Coke from steam coal obtained at Seaton Burn Colliery, near Newcastle-on-Tyne, 1856
Submarine cable sample: Cape Hay, Newfoundland - A
Submarine cable sample: Cape Hay, Newfoundland - Asupee Bay, Cape Breton, 1856
Everest theodolite, 6.5 inch horizontal plate, by
Everest theodolite, 6.5 inch horizontal plate, by G & M Simons, 49 King Square, London, no 96, with extra eyepiece
Seal die, Perth & Dunkeld Railway
Seal die, steel, Perth & Dunkeld Railway, company title with national badge of Scotland depicting the Scottish thistle, incorporated 1854, opened 1856.
Microphotograph 'The Lord's Pr
Microphotograph 'The Lord's Prayer Illuminated, contains 280 letters', probably made by Joseph Sidebotham in around 1855. Part of a set of 12 microphotograhic slides in a wooden box.
Cosmorama Stereoscope, English, 1854-1865
Cosmorama stereoscope on wooden stand by Knight, Foster Lane, London, England, 1854-1857.
Prototype brass model of beam for equal-arm balance
Weighing & Measuring
One of two prototype models of beams for equal-arm balances in brass, c.1857.
Domed Case for compound microscope
Scientific Instruments & Research
Domed display case for compound microscope by J.B. Dancer, c.1855. Glass dome with circular wooden base and baize mat.
Spectacles with round lenses and turnpin side-arms
German silver spectacles with round lenses and turnpin side-arms, 1856.
Clock, regulator, by Charles Frodsham, 84 Strand, London
Clock, regulator, by Charles Frodsham, 84 Strand, London, No.912, ex North Eastern Railway Headquarters Committee Room, flame mahogany case with marble plinth, 1855.
Marine barometer by Ernst, Paris, for the Marine I
Marine barometer by Ernst, Paris, for the Marine Imperiale, 1855. Serial no.202
Brass hand crank model of John Ericsson's three bladed duplex screw propellor
Brass hand crank model, scale 1:12, of John Ericsson's duplex screw propellor (1836-1837), with brass plaque, unsigned, Europe, 1856
Nurses sash for Scutari Hospital, owned and worn by Charlotte Wilsdon
Nursing & Hospital Furnishings
Nurses sash for Scutari Hospital, owned and worn by Charlotte Wilsdon, c.1855
Pair of silver framed protective spectacles
Pair of silver framed protective spectacles (sun glasses?), D-shaped lens frames with hinged extra filter holders, all fitted with green tinted glass (one lens glass cracked and missing) and double folding arms with loops, signed, ‘H.I.’English, with London silver hallmark for 1856. Supplied by C. W. Dixey and Son, London, England.
Wet Plate Camera, 1855
A sliding box camera for plates 8 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches, with lens with central stop and rack and pinion focusing, about 1855
Portable chemical balance, mad
Scientific Instruments & Research
Portable chemical balance, made by J. B. Dancer, Manchester, c.1855 and used by James Joule. Has spring-loaded frame and swinging brackets on the box with pins to support the pans. Missing case - there are screw holes at the edge of the base. Lowery (1931) states that the case was removed to facilitate photography of the balance. He described five weights of 1000, 400, 300, 200 and 100 grains.
Silver presentation whistle and chain, London & South Western Railway
Tools of the Trade & Personal Accessories
Silver whistle and chain, London & South Western Railway, large ornate whistle engraved "Presented by G.P. Twyford Esq. to J.T. White, Guard, for his general attention to his duties on the South Western Railway Nov.1st 1853".
Tinted lithograph - The Crystal Palace at Sydenham
Lithograph, tinted: the Crystal Palace at Sydenham. Opened by Her Majesty, June 10th 1854. Interior, ceremonial, large choir etc. Issued by Read & Co. 
Justus von Liebig
Painting. [Justus von Liebig] / by Alexander Craig, c.1856. Oil on canvas; 76.5x64cm. in gilt frame, 37x32x3.5"/94x82x9cm. After a chalk drawing by Samuel Laurence. Image within feigned oval; portrait, HS.
Coloured lithographic print, showing a Scutari hospital ward
Print. Coloured lithograph. One of the wards of the hospital at Scutari. Lithograph by E. Walker after W. Simpson. Published by Colnaghi, London, April 21st 1856. Printed by Day & Son. [female nurses] overall: 38.8x47.3cm
Portrait oil painting, of Watt James (1736-1819) ,Scottish inventor and mechanical engineer whose improvements to the Newcomen steam engine were fundamental to the Industrial Revolution, by Wivell Abraham junior, 1856. Oil on canvas; 76x64cm oval, in gilt frame 98x86x8.5cm. After an original of 1801 by Sir W. Beechey, R.A. in the Birmingham Art Gallery. Signed and dated bottom left. Portrait, HS.
First Class: The Meeting... and at First Meeting Loved
Pictorial Collection (Railway)
Painting, oil on panel, First Class: The Meeting... and at First Meeting Loved, by Abraham Solomon, 1855. Depicts passengers in a first class railway carriage. A young man in naval uniform leans forward to talk to an elderly gentleman and a young woman, who listen attentively. The gentleman, balding with grey side whiskers, holds a newspaper in his left hand, and is wearing a glove on his right. The woman is wearing a bonnet and hooded shawl, and is sewing. On the seats are blankets, gloves, a parasol and a bunch of red roses. Through the carriage window is a valley with hills and trees. Signed by the artist at bottom right. Framed and glazed. Also known as The Return (First Class).
Lithograph, tinted: Crystal Palace Sydenham. From
Lithograph, tinted: Crystal Palace Sydenham. From the Anerley Station (with train). R Carrick del et lith. Day & Son. P H Delamotte, photographer. 
Engraving: The New Crystal Palace at Sydenham, by
Engraving: The New Crystal Palace at Sydenham, by T H Ellis. 1st col Aug 5th 1852. To be opened May 1 1854
Handbill entitled Marcus' Extrodinarily cheap excursions
Railway Posters, Notices & Handbills
Handbill entitled Marcus' Extraordinarily cheap excursions, advertising cheap trips for Whitsuntide, leaving from Euston Square Station on Saturday, May 30th 1857. The cheap travel to Liverpool, Manchester, Chester, Shrewsbury, Wellington, Wolverhampton, Birmingham, Coventry and Leamington. Run using London & North Western Railway. Tickets can be obtained from Henry R. Marcus. The handbill is printed on yellow paper and mounted on card.
Trade card: W.N. Telford
Trade card: W.N. Telford, 35, Bridge Street Row, Chester. Optician, Watch Maker and Jeweller. 1855. Patent Silver Leaver Watches. Telescopes, Opera, and RaceGlasses[sic]. Barometers and Thermometers for cheese-making. (Calv. 394) (C.C. 70)
The Great Western Railway New Terminus at Paddington
Pictorial Collection (Railway)
Print, The Great Western Railway New Terminus at Paddington, 1854. Woodblock print depicting the interior of Paddington station. It shows two of the roof arches, with largely empty station platforms below. At left a porter is moving luggage, and at the end of one of the platforms a passenger train is departing. At bottom right is the pencil inscription "Paddington 1854". From page 13 of The Illustrated London News, 8th July 1854. There are news stories from page 14 on the reverse.
Painting. [Thomas Clark (1801-1867)] / by Alexander Craig, 1856. Oil on canvas; 123x99cm in gilt frame, 149x126x10cm. Portrait, TQL looking L.
Engraving: "The great water wheel Laxey mines"
Engraving: The great water wheel Laxey mines, Isle of Man, c. 1855. Showing the viaduct and Lady Isabella Wheel
print, one of two coloured lithographs. Francis' C
print, one of two coloured lithographs. Francis' Corrugated Metalled Waggon Body. By William Lines, 7 Nov. 1855
`A meeting of the inhabitants of the Borough of Be
`A meeting of the inhabitants of the Borough of Berkeley, will be held... to consider the propriety.... of lighting the town with gas'. 21 January 1854. Advertisement broadsheet in black on green paper, 29x23cm
The Potteries from Basford
print. 'The Potteries from Basford' , 19th century, railway scene (R178)
Engraving: 'T. Walker's Patent Self-Feeding Stoves'
Engraving: Thomas Walker's Patent Self Feeding Stove, 58 Oxford St. Birmingham. Broadsheet advertisement [c1854]
Portrait of Robert Stephenson
Portrait of Robert Stephenson (1803-1859). Railway Engineer. Overall size 22 5/8"x34" high. Mezzotint by Samuel Bellin after John Lucas. (No signature. Cut down)
Portrait of Sir Benjamin Brodie
Studio portrait by Maull and Polybank, Ca 1856 of Sir Benjamin Brodie (1783-1862), surgeon to Queen Victoria, 29.8x22.7cm.
Second Class: The Parting 'Thus part we rich in sorrow, Parting poor'
Pictorial Collection (Railway)
Painting, oil on panel, Second Class: The Parting 'Thus part we rich in sorrow, Parting poor', by Abraham Solomon, 1855. Depicts passengers in a second class railway carriage. A woman, dressed in black widow’s clothes with a hood and bonnet covering her hair, is seated with her left arm around a boy sailor, clasping his right hand in hers. Facing them is a tearful young woman, holding a handkerchief to her face. There is a carpet bag and bundle of luggage on the seats alongside. Seated behind them are a bearded sailor, wearing an earring and straw hat, and a woman with a colourful bonnet. On the wall of the carriage are advertisements for sea passages to Australia, gold digging equipment and emigrants’ outfits. Through the carriage window is a port with ships’ masts. Framed and glazed. Also known as The Departure (Second Class).
Model and diagram of Loubat rail
Full size wooden model of Loubat rail, Paris, 1853, with 1:12 scale diagram.
Prout's Original Moving and Most Popular Panorama
Print. notice. letterpress. Prout's Original Moving and Most Popular Panorama of the Voyage to Australia and Visit to the Gold Fields. 309 Regent St, London, next the Polytechnic. ms date: 1853. 19.8x14.3cm
Trade card: John Walsh Walsh, successor to Mr Samuel Shakespear
Trade card: John Walsh Walsh, successor to Mr Samuel Shakespear, Birmingham Heath, Birmingham. Soho & Vesta Glass Works. Flint, opal, enamel & colored glass lamp & lustre work. Chemical apparatus, lenses, shades, vases, &c. &c. [view of factory, glasscone...] (Calv. 424) (C.C. 136)