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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.
impulse sender (dial), 1915
Impulse sender (dial) used in panel telephone exchange systems, made by the Western Electric Company, United States, 1915
Strowger calling dial, 1900
Strowger calling dial, made by the Automatic Electric Company, United States, 1900
checked cloth sample
Cloth, dark blue and cream check, made in the United States, around 1900.
Wine glass possibly used as a culture glass by Joseph Lister
Wine glass, possibly used as a culture glass by Joseph Lister
five-line single cord switchboard, 1900-1909
Five-line single cord switchboard, unknown maker, British, 1900-1909.
Coherer, ebonite, with adjustable contacts, 1890-1896
Ebonite coherer with adjustable contacts, unknown maker, British, 1890-1896. Used in August 1896, in experiments carried out by Captain Henry Jackson
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
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
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
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
Cot plaque from the Great Ormond Street Hospital
Nursing & Hospital Furnishings
Cot plaque from Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children, the Lady's Pictorial Children's Diamond Guild Cot 1900-1904, London, England, 1904
Circular unit of Finsen lamp
The main circular unit of the Finsen ultraviolet lamp, presented by Princess Alexandra to the London Hospital in 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’.
Fauvel laryngoscope, nickel-plated steel, with mirror and lens, late 19th century, French
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.
Walnut and brass model of the "Great Paris Telescope"
Walnut and brass scale model (1:50 approx) of the 'Great Paris Telescope' exhibited at the 1900 Paris Exposition, a stationary 1.25 metre refracting telescope (57 metres long) with a 2 metre mirror siderostat.
Zenith X-ray tube and shield
Zenith X-ray tube and shield, used by Lord Haden-Guest by A.E. Dean and Company Limited, Waddon, Croydon, London, England, 1901-1913.
Speculum, rectal, steel and brass, by Collin of Paris, from Charriere Collin and Gentile collection, circa 1880
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.
Wooden figure used as container for nkisi force
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
Container for nkisi force, carved wooden statue with upraised arm, BaKongo people, west-central Africa, 1890-1910
Midland and Glasgow & South Western Joint dining car
Locomotives and Rolling Stock
Railway carriage, built to drawing 2829 for Midland Railway, No 3463, 3rd class dining car, built 1914, withdrawn 1954.
Platt Brothers Notice
Notice, Platt Brothers and Co. Ltd, Oldham, 1899, regarding the Workmens Compensation Act 1897 and employee behaviour, by order Jno [Jonathan] Wynne, Secretary, square with black lettering on cream background.
Galvanic necklace with 2 charms, made by N. Bertrand, Paris, French, 1880-1920
Reis telephone receiver, 1863
Reis telephone receiver, made by J W Albert, Frankfurt, Germany, 1863
Sample of transatlantic cable, 1865-66
Sample of transatlantic cable, made by the Telegraph Construction and Maintenance Company Limited, Greenwich, London, England, 1865-66
Plaster model of a human eye, France, 1884
Anatomy & Pathology
Plaster model of a sectioned human eye, French, 1884.
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.
letter opener with calendar and map, 1893-1894
Letter opener with 1894 calendar and map, made for the Eastern Telegraph Company, 1893-1894
Experimental transmitting ‘jigger’ used by the Marconi Company, 1899
Experimental transmitting ‘jigger’ or oscillation transformer used by the Marconi Company, probably made by Marconi's Wireless Telegraphy Company, Chelmsford, Essex, England, 1899
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
Brooch to avert the evil eye
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
Amuletic brooch, operculum of shell in metal rim with pin, to avert Evil Eye, European, possibly Italian, 1900-1914
Section of cross-Channel telephone cable, 1897
Section of cross-Channel telephone cable, unknown maker, Europe, 1897.
Illustrations of pathological conditions of the larynx
Small coloured illustration of larynxes showing various pathological conditions
Strowger two-motion selector with vertical mount, 1903-1920
Strowger two-motion selector with vertically mounted relays, less switching banks, made by the Automatic Telephone Manufacturing Company, Liverpool, England, 1903-1920
Portrait of the Reverand Henry Nelthropp MA, FSA (1820 – 1901)
Portrait of the Reverand Henry Nelthropp MA, FSA, by D. A. Werschmidt
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
Experimental carbon block microphone, 1878-1890
Experimental microphone having two carbon blocks contained in a glass tube and pressed together by a spring, probably made by David Edward Hughes, England, 1878-1890
Meerschaum tobacco pipe
Meerschaum pipe, bowl carved with figures of Frederick (Emperor of Germany 1888) and his Consort, 1880-1890, Austria or England.
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
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’
Holy medallion used as an amulet
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
Holy medallion, tin, used as amulet, English, 1900-1916
Beale-type demonstration microscope, English, late 19th century
Pair of metal-rimmed spectacles
Pair of metal-rimmed spectacles with wire mesh protecters, possibly motor goggles, English(?), 1891-1920
Compound monocular microscope
Compound monocular microscope, signed by Tolles of the Boston Optical Works, American, circa 1870, bought by Crisp from C. Stodder
Mounted set of Hagedorn's suture needles
Set of Heagedorn's suture needles, steel, mounted on a card, English, 1880-1920
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’.