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Iron borings coherer (Branly type), 1894
Iron borings coherer (Branly type), probably made by Oliver Lodge, England, 1894. Mounted on wooden baseboard with electric bell components mounted alongside as vibrator for restoring the coherer.
Haemoglobin 8.26, Festival Pattern Group navy blue and white fabric
Sample of roller-printed viscose rayon marocain dress fabric, navy blue and white, Osman brand, based on Max Perutz's crystallography, haemoglobin 8.26, nested hexagonal motif surrounded by circles, made by Barlow & Jones Ltd., Manchester, England, 1950-1951. Based on the X-ray crystallographic pattern of the haemoglobin molecule. From a collection of 83 samples designed for the 1951 Festival of Britain.
Speculum, rectal, steel and brass, by Collin of Paris, from Charriere Collin and Gentile collection, circa 1880
Terrestrial globe showing cable routes, 1900-1920
Thirty-inch terrestrial globe showing telegraph cable routes, made by W. & A.K. Johnston Limited, British, 1900-1920
Cotton bale breaker
Cotton bale breaker, made by Platt Brothers & Co. Ltd, Oldham, 1911 and used in the Textile Technology Department at UMIST.
letter opener with calendar and map, 1893-1894
Letter opener with 1894 calendar and map, made for the Eastern Telegraph Company, 1893-1894
Bryant & May ‘Brymay’ safety matches, London, England, 1890-1940
Cardboard and chipboard safety matchbox, "Brymay" trademark, made by Bryant and May, 1920-1960
Chart of the Atlantic showing proposed couRse of the Atlantic Cable, 1856-1857
Framed and glazed chart of the Atlantic Ocean showing the proposed course of the Atlantic Cable, plus section marked 1857 showing the depth of the ocean bed at points along the course, made by the Atlantic Telegraph Company, London, England, 1856-1857.
Experimental form of Marconi Company magnetic detector, 1900-1910
Earliest experimental form of magnetic detector developed by the Marconi Company, with fixed soft iron core and single layer primary coil on core and telephone circuit winding in bobbin surrounding the primary coil, probably made by Marconi's Wireless Telegraphy Company, Chelmsford, Essex, England, 1900-1910
Sargrove sprayed circuit radio receiver production prototype, 1936-1948
Sargrove sprayed circuit radio receiver (production prototype), made by John Sargrove, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England, 1936-1948.
Baudot five key keyboard, 1897-1926
Baudot five key keyboard (without message desk) with 'send' and 'receive' switch for simplex working, Post Office pattern, unknown maker, British, 1897-1926
Holmes' arc lamp from South Foreland Lighthouse, about 1860-80.
Holmes arc lamp from South Foreland Lighthouse
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’.
Alarm whistle for use by psychiatric warders
Psychology, Psychiatry & Anthropometry
Alarm whistle for use by Warders at Winson Green Mental Hospital, German Silver, by J. Hudson and Co., Birmingham 1890-1914.
'Post Office Telephones automatic telephone tones' gramophone record
Single sided 10 inch gramophone record, 'His Masters's Voice: Post Office Telephones: Automatic telephone tones'. Number OTP 5725, ref no JHS 15, made by the Gramophone Company Limited, England, 1930-1960.
sample of the first transatlantic cable, 1857-1858
Sample of deep-sea portion of first transatlantic telegraph cable, manufactured by Glass, Elliot and Company, Greenwich, London, England, 1857-58. With outer wire armouring wound with a left-hand lay.
Ring spinning frame
Ring spinning frame, made by Platt Brothers & Co. Ltd, Oldham, 1901, and used at Brooklands Mill, Leigh.
Empire type world clock for indicating time around the globe
'Empire' type world clock for indicating the time around the globe at various longitudes with accessories, unknown maker, France, 1909. Patented by Etienne de Gounevitch and Armand Gustave Couailett (British patent No. 23, 449, 1909), with brass winding key.
Pneumothorax apparatus for injecting gas into the thoracic cavity in order to collapse the lung. This was a widely used treatment for TB before the discovery of effective antibiotics. Collapsing the lung allowed it to heal more easily. Made by Genito-Urinary Ltd., London, early 20th century
home built 405-line television receiver, 1951-1953
Home-built 405-line television receiver with 7 inch screen constructed by electrical engineer J Hueting of Peckham, London, England, about 1952. Assembled using an ad-hoc assortment of electronic parts. Similarly the cabinet is constructed from scrap wood and metal collected at the time.
Rexophone crystal set with two pairs of Telefunken headphones (out of three), 1923-1930
Rexophone crystal set manufactured by Morch Borthers Limited, London, 1924-1930. Complete with 3 pairs of headphones manufactuered by Telefunken, Germany, 1923-1930. The radio set used tapped inductance tuning and came in a mahogany cabinet with lid, a ‘Xylonite’ control panel available in different colours with imitation marble control knobs and nickel-plated fittings. Gold-plated fittings were supplied for an extra 5/-. It came with terminals for two pairs of headphones and had operating instructions inside the lid. The detector was twin-enclosed cats whiskers / galena detectors with a selector switch on the panel.
Twelve 'Tabloid' sanitary towels, London, England, 1910-1940
Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Contraception
Twelve "Tabloid" pleated compressed sanitary towels with attachment, size number 3, by Burroughs Wellcome and Co., 1910-1940
'Glow Baby' electric bed heater
'Glow Baby' electric bed heater, with original cardboard box, made by Bradley & Burch Ltd, London, c. 1955.
Kodak Kodascope Model B 16mm projector
Kodascope Model B projector. For 16mm silent film, self threading. Fitted with an anastigmat projection lens F: 2 inches. Helical focusing in sliding mount. Single continuous sprocket, claw intermittent. Mirror and condenser lens system lights gate at right angle to lamp. 50v 250w A1 prefocus lamp. Framing control on lens mount. Rheostat controls for lamp and motor fitted ammeter 1-5A. Threading light. Power rewind. Screw elevation. Automatic threading onto take up reel through adjustable film guides. On-off and forward-reverse switches. No. K 11025. Eastman Kodak. 1928
Potter-Bucky diaphragm used in radiology, England, 1940-1950
Potter Bucky diaphragm, sectioned, English, 1940-1950
Duboscq colorimeter, Germany, 1901-1914
Duboscq colorimeter, steel frame, by F. Hellige and Co., Freiburg, Germany, 1901-1914
Fowke's Bellows camera
Camera with fittings etc, formerly the property of Captain Fowke Royal Engineers. Two ivory plaques: 'Capt Fowke's Camera, T. Ottewill & Co. London', 'Henry Cole Esq, In memory of Capt Fowke. R.E. 4th Dec 1868'.
model locomotive, London & North Western Railway Claughton class
Model steam locomotive, 1/16 scale, London & North Western Railway `Claughton' class 4-6-0 No.1160 `Sir Gilbert Claughton', liveried as LMS No.5900, prototype built 1913, model built 1913 at Crewe Works, ex LNWR collection, with cutaway smokebox.
Service by Night
Pictorial Collection (Railway)
Painting, oil on canvas, "Service by Night" by David Shepherd, 1955. Shows a goods train leaving King's Cross station at night, passing signal gantries set against a smoky and cloudy sky. At left is a signal box. In the background are passengers and railway workers onthe station platforms, with trains ready to depart. Framed and glazed, glass. Original artwork for British Railways poster promoting overnight freight services.
The Kinora viewer. Hand operated viewer for Kinora reels. Wooden base, with hinged wooden strip bearing mechanism, viewing lens and metal eyeshield. Supporting strut holds viewer at approximately 45 degrees. Black enamelled viewer stamped 'The Kinora No 309(?)'. Fitted with flipbook, black and white photographs of a plough team (1967-207 Pt2/08)
'Rodine' rat poison, Scotland, 1948-1950
Public Health & Hygiene
Boxed tin of "Rodine" rat poison, by Thomas Harley Ltd., Perth, Scotland, 1948-1950
Horizontal Tandem Compound Engine, c. 1910
model, scale 1:12, of horizontal tandem compound condensing engine, c. 1910
Marconi 1.5kW transmitter used by 2LO
Marconi 1.5kW transmitter, Marconi Company Limited, Chelmsford, 1922. Used by the BBC London station 2LO between 1922 and 1925, as rebuilt c.1954 incorporating some non-original but contemporary components
Coronet Midget camera
Coronet midget camera. Manufactured by Coronet Camera Company, Birmingham. Dark brown Bakelite. For 16mm rollfilm 18 x 13" pictures. Simple lens fitted with fixed focus and aperture, instantaneous shutter with accidental exposure prevention, and optical vision finder.
Public telephone sign
National Telephone Company enamel sign for a public telephone, made in around 1905.
EM2/1 electron microscope, mad
Scientific Instruments & Research
EM2/1 electron microscope, made by Metropolitan-Vickers Electrical Co. Ltd, Trafford Park, c.1947.
Motor brake 3rd, SR 2-Bil Unit
Locomotives and Rolling Stock
Motor coach, Southern Railway and British Railways Southern Region, motor brake 3rd, No. 12123, from 2-Bil Unit No. 2090, built 1937.
Replica of Bell's liquid transmitter of March 1876, 1880-1958
Replica of Bell's liquid transmitter of March 1876, possibly made by Bell Telephone Laboratories, United States, 1880-1958
Silver medal, commemorates the International Health Exhibition
Circular silver medal, commemorates the International Health Exhibition held in London, designed by L.C. Wyon, made by J. Pinches, English 1884
Thornton-Pickard Amber camera
Thornton-Pickard 'Amber' camera with three blockform double darkslides. Sold by Sands, Hunter & Co. Stand camera for 4 3/4 x 6 1/2 inch plates. Ensign Anastigmat lens, Series VIIN No 3, f/7.7-32, Serial No 171064. Thornton-Pickard roller blind Time & Inst shutter /15/40/90/T. Rack and pinion focusing on back and front, double extension. Swing back. Swing out focusing screen (glass missing). Reversible back. Pendulum and spirit levels. Sliding rising front. Serial No 7432F. With 3 blockform double darkslides.
Insulin 8.25, Festival Pattern Group Rexine
Sample of 'REXINE' wallcovering, Insulin 8.25, nitrcellulose-coated fabric, stencil-printed. Nested hexagonal motif pattern surrounded by circles, designed from the basic structure of insulin, from Dorothy Hodgkin's crystallography, designer Charles C. Garnier, manufactured by ICI Leathercloth Division, Hyde, Cheshire, England, 1950-1951, 183 x 155 mm. Material used for the entrance to the 'Stop Press' section of the Science Exhibition at the Science Museum. Part of a collection of 83 samples designed for the 1951 Festival of Britain, based on X-ray crystallographic pattern.
35mm cine projector
Hand-driven No. 6 cameragraph 35mm cine projector made by N. Power Co. Inc., New York, 1906, and used by Mr Charles Leon Gould. Embossed on shutter: "N. Power Co. Inc. New York. No1 lens shutter". Embossed above lens barrel: "Power's Cameragraph". Stamped below lens barrel: "Power's No 6 Cameragraph No. 30065 Nov, 1, 1904. July 17, 1906.". Stamped on rear of projector: "I. P. Corp. Power's New York"
North Eastern Railway steam breakdown crane
Locomotives and Rolling Stock
Crane, North Eastern Railway, Craven 25 ton steam breakdown crane, No. CME 13 (LNER No. 901638, BR No. 331153), ordered 14th June 1906 from Craven Brothers of Manchester, order number C.8817, delivered in 1907, originally allocated to Gateshead but spent most of its life at Middlesbrough Shed, moved from there in 1958 after its closure and spent time at Thornaby, Wakefield and Shirebrook until being withdrawn in 1971.
Replica of Liverpool & Manchester Railway 3rd class open-topped railway carriage, 1930 (replica)
Locomotives and Rolling Stock
1930 (replica); 1834 (original)
Replica railway carriage, four wheeled, open-topped with 3 compartments, 3rd Class, Liverpool & Manchester Railway, based on design of 1834, replica built in 1930. Length over buffers: 18' 10"; width: 6' 1"
Instrument for measuring the head in criminal identification system, Paris, France, 1883-1900
Psychology, Psychiatry & Anthropometry
Thickness compass (Compas d'epaisseur) for the measurement of the length and breadth of the head in Bertillon's anthropometrical criminal identification system, perhaps Bertillon's own, from the Paris Prefecture of Police, c. 1883
London Midland & Scottish Railway Collection
Photographic Collections (Railway)
Photographs, a collection of approximately 3,420 silver gelatin glass negatives, 5 x 4 ins to 12 x 10 ins and approximately 225 cellulose nitrate and triacetate safety film negatives, 5 x 4 ins to 8½ x 6½ ins, featuring the operations of the London & North Western Railway and the London Midland & Scottish Railway. Covering passenger and freight services, shipping, railway staff at work, people, scenic views, c1905-1948. The work of photographers of the LNWR, LMS and British Railways (London Midland Region) based at the Publicity Department, Euston. Known as the "LMS Collections". Complete with three handwritten registers with captions to the images. Negatives are numbered from LMS 12 to 11,698, but the series is incomplete.
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