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Thompson's Revolver Camera
Thompson's Revolver camera, serial number 44, manufactured by A Briois, Paris 1862. Camera body engraved: `Thompson Invtr, A Briois, 4 rue de la Douane, Paris, Brevete SGDG, No.44'
Improved Patent Magneto Electric Machine for nervous diseases
Improved Patent Magneto Electric Machine for nervous diseases, dynamo with steel magnet and brass and ebony terminals to apply to patient, all in polished wood case dated, unsigned, Europe, 1862
Reis telephone transmitter, 1863
Reis telephone transmitter, made by J W Arnold, Frankfurt, Germany, 1863
Writing machine for blind people, United Kingdom, 1862
Printing & Writing
Martin's writing machine for use by blind people, 1862
Decimal watch by Richard Dover Statter and Thomas Statter
Lever escapement watch by Richard Dover Statter and Thomas Statter. The main enamel dial is divided into 10 hours, each subdivided into ten. The hands move anti-clockwise, the centre seconds hand dividing a minute into 100 seconds. Inscribed ‘The true basis of a universal Decimal system’ Signed ‘Richd. Dover Statter & Thos. Statter, Liverpool No.1’. 1862
Copy of clay liver used for divination, original from Babylon, 2050-1750 BCE
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Babylonian clay liver used for divination, c.2050-1750 BC, copy, 1981
Glass pharmacy storage bottle
Glass bottle, painted with the scene of the birth of Saint, from the Santa Maria Nuova Hospital in Florence
Lord Kelvin's 'ironclad' marine galvanometer, 1865-1866
Electricity and Magnetism
(Lord Kelvin) Thomson's 'Ironclad' marine galvanometer, made by James White, Glasgow, Scotland, 1865-1866. Used on board the 'Great Eastern' in the Atlantic Cable expedition of 1866.
sample of submarine telegraph cable, 1866
Sample of submarine telegraph cable 25cm long, stated by donor to be from Norddeich-Norderney section of Norddeich-Lowestoft (Reuter), core made by Telegraph Construction and Maintenance Company, cable manufactured by W T Henley's Telegraph Works Company Limited, Greenwich, London, England, 1866
Silk skirt and blouse dyed with Perkin's Mauve Aniline Dye
Silk skirt and blouse dyed with Sir William Henry Perkin's Mauve Aniline Dye, unsigned, England, 1862-1863
Pioneers of Electric Telegraphy at the British Association
Framed photograph of 'Pioneers of Electric Telegraphy at the British Association Birmingham 1865', unknown maker, British, 1865
polarized 'guillotine' relay, 1862-1866
Polarized 'guillotine' relay, designed by W Andrews, England, 1862-1866.
The Atlantic Telegraph, broadsheet, 1866
Broadsheet, printed, hand-coloured engravings, 'The Atlantic Telegraph', describing the laying of the first successful transatlantic telegraph cables, published by Bacon & Co, 48 Paternoster Row, London, England, 1866. In glazed frame, 91 x 65.7 cm.
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
Short sample of twin-core shore end used at Bushire in the Persian Gulf Cable, 1863
Short sample of twin-core shore end used at Bushehr in the laying of the Persian Gulf Cable, made by W T Henley's Telegraph Works Company Limited, North Woolwich, London, England, 1863
Remington 44 revolver
Hand and Machine Tools
Remington 44 revolver, bears an inspector's stamp, barrel length 236 mm / 9.3 in and calibre 11.2 mm / .44 in, by Remington Small Arms Factory, E. Remington and Sons, Ilion, New York state, United States, 1863-1865
Short sample of main Persian Gulf Cable, 1863
Short sample of main Persian Gulf Cable, made by W T Henley's Telegraph Works Company Limited, North Woolwich, London, England, 1863
Signal block bell, South Eastern Railway
Signalling & Telecommunications
Block bell, No 397, enamel plate attached reads "Train Signal System adopted by the South Eastern Railway Co, Charles Walker FRS Invent. International Exhibition 1862, Honorable Mention".
Lenoir's gas engine, 1860
Heat Engines (non steam)
Two-stroke double-acting single cylinder gas engine, patented by Jean Joseph Etienne Lenoir, France, 1860, and made by Reading Iron Works Limited, Reading, Berkshire, England, 1865. The first internal-combustion engine to be offered for sale, in 1860, Lenoir's engine was an ancestor of the engines in all road vehicles. The engine worked very like a simple double-acting steam-engine. At each stroke gas and air were drawn into the cylinder and fired by an electric spark; on the return stroke the burnt gases were flushed out. Several hundred of these engines were sold, and this one is a very rare survivor. It had been used to drive machinery in the workshop of the Patent Museum for about three years.
Telescoped sample of shore end Persian Gulf Cable, 1863
Telescoped sample of shore end Persian Gulf Cable, made by W T Henley's Telegraph Works Company Limited, North Woolwich, London, England, 1863
Telescoped sample of twin-core shore end cable used at Bushehr in the Persian Gulf Cable, 1863
Telescoped sample of twin-core shore end used at Bushehr (Bushire) in the laying of the Persian Gulf Cable, made by W T Henley's Telegraph Works Company Limited, North Woolwich, London, England, 1863
Short sample of shore end Persian Gulf Cable, 1863
Short sample of shore end Persian Gulf Cable, made by W T Henley's Telegraph Works Company Limited, North Woolwich, London, England, 1863
Tables of lifetimes, annuities, and premiums
Book, "English life table : tables of lifetimes, annuities, and premiums ", by William Farr, M.D., F.R.S., D.C.L., 1864 (605 pp)
Atlantic cable specimen, 1865
Specimen of 1865 Atlantic cable, made by the Telegraph Construction and Maintenance Company, Greenwich, London, England, 1865
Distinguished Men of Science
Walker: - Distinguished Men of Science of Great Britain 1807-8. [Proof, with fascimile signatures on paper not as separate strip] in maple frame. Designed by Gilbert and drawn by F. Skill and W. Walker. Engraved by W. Walker and G. Zobel. London, 1862.
An albumen print photograph entitled 'Beatrice', taken by Julia Margaret Cameron in 1866. The print forms part of the Herschel Album.
Siemens Morse inker, 1862
Siemen's direct writing Morse inker, made by Siemens Brothers and Company Limited, England, 1862.
Portrait of 'Clementina Maude' by Lady Clementina Hawarden, albumen print, 1863, woman reading seated beside window.
The first Wheeler and Wilson sewing machine, 1866.
Wheeler and Wilson lock stitch sewing machine, type No.1. The first machine with rotary hook and four motion feed patented by Allen B. Wilson 1851 and 1854, and made in 1866.
Pantascopic camera No 32
Pantascopic camera No 32, 1862. For flat plates. With an A Grubb patent achromatic lens with disc stops. Camera driven by clockwork motor, gearing with rack on inside of tripod head and held in mesh by thick rubber band. Air vane governor. In operation, string wound round tripod head pulled plateholder (missing) past slot in camera back on steel track with folding ends for transport. Spirit level (dry). J R Johnson. Overall: 220 mm x 312 mm x 190 mm, 187 mm (dia. base).
Oil jar, Egypt, 1580-1350BCE
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Earthenware oil jar, Egyptian, probably New Kingdom, 1580-1350BC
Station Master's jacket, North Eastern Railway
Railway Uniform & Costume
Railway uniform jacket, North Eastern Railway, Station Master's jacket, c.1865.
Original pilot Bessemer converter, 1865.
Original pilot Bessemer converter from which the first cast of steel was poured at the works of the Barrow Haematite Steel Company Ltd., Barrow-in-Furness, in May 1865
Scientific Instruments & Research
Bottled sample of crude mauveine acetate, made by William Perkin, c. 1862.
Kelvin Quadrant Electrometer, 1866
Kelvin type quadrant electrometer, made by J. White, Glasgow, Scotland, 1866.
Painting, Isaac Newton (1642-1727) / Thomas Oldham Barlow (1824-1889), 1863. Copied from the original of 1689 by Sir Godfrey Kneller (1646/9-1723). Oil on canvas; 74 x 62 cm or 90 x 78 x 7 cm in gilt frame. Inscribed recto: l., ISAACVS NEWTONVS. ; r., Godfrey Kneller f. 1689. Inscribed verso: Copied from the original picture by permission of Lord Portsmouth. Thomas Oldham Barlow 1863. Portrait, HS, looking slightly to r.; natural hair, shirt open at neck, brown gown loosely wrapped, r. hand resting over l. arm.
Parkesine replica of Bronze medal awarded to Alexander Parkes at the International Exhibition in 1862
Plastics and Modern Materials
Parkesine replica of Bronze medal awarded to Alexander Parkes at the International Exhibition in 1862. Bronze on one side; green on other. Made by Alexander Parkes; c. 1862.
After The Manner Of Perugino, 1865
Photograph entitled 'After The Manner Of Perugino' taken by Julia Margaret Cameron in 1865. Albumen contact print from wet collodion negative. This photographic study of Mary Ryan (1848-1914), in the style of Perugino (1450-1523), a renaissance Italian artist, forms part of the Herschel Album, created by Cameron for her friend Sir John Herschel (1792-1871).
Possible self-portrait of Clementina, Lady Hawarden
Woman in dark dress standing in front of window. A photograph of a young woman, possibly Clementina Hawarden (b. 1847), taken by Clementina, Lady Hawarden, in about 1862.
Clementina and Isabella Hawarden
Two women in front of mirror, one standing, one seated. A photograph of Clementina (b. 1847) and Isabella Hawarden (b. 1846), taken by their mother, Clementina, Lady Hawarden, in about 1862.
Mummy of a peregrine falcon, Egypt, 2000-1001 BCE
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Mummy of peregrine falcon, Egyptian, 2000-1001 BC
Knife with cellulose nitrate (Parkesine) handle, m
Plastics and Modern Materials
Knife with cellulose nitrate (Parkesine) handle, marbled green and black in colour, wavy profile. Steel-plated blade with four fake hallmarks. Base of blade decorated with moulded leaf decoration.
Isabella and Clementina Hawarden
Albumen print of a woman lying on couch, with another woman standing behind couch. A photograph of Isabella (b. 1846) and Clementina Hawarden (b. 1847) taken by their mother Clementina, Lady Hawarden, in about 1863.
‘Autoperipatetikos’ walking doll
‘Autoperipatetikos’ walking doll, by Martin & Runyon, USA, c1862
The Dirty Monk', Alfred Lord Tennyson, May 1865
Photograph entitled 'The Dirty Monk' taken by Julia Margaret Cameron in May 1865. Albumen contact print from wet collodion negative. This photographic portrait of the poet Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892) forms part of the Herschel Album, created by Cameron for her friend Sir John Herschel (1792-1871). This is perhaps the most famous of all Cameron's portraits. Tennyson himself referred to it as 'The Dirty Monk'. Tennyson was the most popular poet of the Victorian period. He was made Queen Victoria's poet laureate in 1850.