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Experimental lithographic block of cream Parkesine
Plastics and Modern Materials
Rectangular experimental lithographic block of cream Parkesine, stained green from ink on one surface made by Alexander Parkes, 1879, England
Model of a hand-power rock drill with 2 drills and
Mining & Ore Dressing
Model of a hand-power rock drill with 2 drills and spanner.
'The Goblin Court', Royal Polytechnic Institution lantern slide
A hand-painted, large format magic lantern slide, painted by W R Hill and shown at the Royal Polytechnic Institution, London over Christmas 1875. This slide is from 'Gabriel Grub and the Grim Goblin' a production based on 'The Story of The Goblin Who Stole A Sexton' by Charles Dickens which appeared in 'The Pickwick Papers'.
Coulson's slide rule, boxwood; two slides, made by
Coulson's slide rule, boxwood; two slides, made by Dring & Fage
Prison record sheet
A page from a prison record ledger, 1873. The page contains a portrait and information about a convicted criminal, Mary Clark. Clark, a nineteen-year-old factory hand, was arrested for theft in Gateshead in June 1873 and sentenced to three months hard labour.
Fuller's spiral slide rule
Fuller's spiral slide rule made by W.F.Stanley, no. 117, with book of instructions, in wooden box, c. 1879, Great Turnstile, London
A photograph of Wells Cathedral taken by R Murray in 1868. Construction of the cathedral in Wells, Somerset, began in 1180. The photograph is from the Amateur Photographic Association Prize album for 1868.
Cast iron bridge notice, Midland Railway
Notice, cast iron, Midland Railway, Bridge weight limits, signed by James Williams, April 28th 1875, black letters on white background
Low Green Street
A photograph entitled 'Low Green Street', taken by Thomas Annan in 1868. The photograph shows Low Green Street in Glasgow, Steel Street can be seen on the left. The steeple of St Andrews parish church can be seen in the background.
Eight brass toothed wheels with different numbers of teeth, on a central brass spindle, by William Ladd, London, England, 1870. Used in Savart's apparatus for producing sounds of known frequencies (see note).
Old Building, High Street
A photograph entitled 'Old Building, High Street', taken by Thomas Annan in 1868. The photograph shows a row of buildings on the High Street in Glasgow. A sign on the building on the left advertises 'Money Lent On All Kinds Of Mechanics Tools Etc' above a sign for a 'Drysalter, Oil & Colourman'. The building next to it houses H McIlvenny's Lodging.
Magic lantern slide: Housemaid and chimney sweep
A magic lantern slipping slide showing a housemaid and a chimney sweep, made by an unknown artist is 1870. The slide shows a housemaid cleaning the grate being surprised by the appearance of a chimney sweep. The first slide shows the housemaid cleaning the grate before the sweep comes down the chimney.
Photograph of a pastel drawing of the Omega Nebula (M17) from observations by Prof. E.S. Holden and M. Etienne Leopold Trouvelot (artist), dated September 1875, using telescopes of the United States Naval Observatory at Foggy Bottom, Washington, DC.
Ebonised clock from the Manchester Reform Club
Ebonised bracket or table clock from the Manchester Reform Club, made by Ollivant & Botsford, Manchester, c.1880.
Magic lantern slide: Man in nightcap
A magic lantern slipping slide depicting a man in a nightcap with the words 'Good Night', made by an unknown artist in 1870. The first slide does not have the words 'Good Night', the slide would have been used by the lanternist at the end of a show.
A Rapid Boat
A photograph entitled 'A Rapid Boat', taken by John Thomson, c. 1871. The photograph shows a small boat working its way through rapids on the River Min below Yanping, or Nanping, in China.
A Pine Raft
A photograph entitled 'A Pine Raft', taken by John Thomson, c. 1871. The photograph shows rafts of timber being floated down the River Min in China.
A photograph entitled 'Buddhist Monks', taken by John Thomson, c. 1871. The photograph shows a group of monks, probably at Yongquan Buddhist Temple. Set in mountains near Fuzhou, it dates back to the early tenth century.
Yuen Fu Monastery Cave
A photograph entitled 'Yuen Fu Monastery Cave', taken by John Thomson, c. 1871. The photograph shows a Buddhist monastery built into caves in Fujian Province, China.
Hansen's Writing Ball, also known as Malling-Hansen Writing Ball
Printing & Writing
Malling Hansen Writing Ball, patented in 1865, of about 1875, a typewriter with keys radiating to a common printing point. The Malling Hansen “writing ball” displayed all the significant refinements of writing machines introduced 40-50 years later: automatic carriage return and line spacing, a space bar, a bell to signal the end of the line, provision for carbon paper copies, a ribbon reverse and — most significant of all — visible writing by raising the typing mechanism. The main component of the writing ball is a hemisphere of 54 spring-loaded and engraved alpha-numeric typebars supported on three nickel plated columns with set-screw adjustment and geared mechanism. Each of the fifty-four typebars is aligned at a different angle, yet all converge on the paper at a common point.
Compound microscope for opaque objects
Compound microscope for opaque objects, with ball and socket stage. Made by Moginie about 1870
Surface string model
Conoids; model showing the transformation of a cylinder into a conoid and back again, also model showing the transformation of a cone into a conoid and back again. It is to be noticed that the head lines of the two conoids, that is to say, the right line in which the two sheets of each conoid meet, are perpendicular to one another; - the transformation is effected by making the upper semicircle turn through two right angles
Geometrical Conoids String Surface Model
String surface model, conoids, cylinder and cone
Close, No37 High Street
A photograph entitled 'Close No. 37 High Street', taken by Thomas Annan in 1868. The photograph shows a close behind No. 37 High Street in Glasgow. People stand and watch as Annan takes the photograph.
Atomic models, stick and balls (59) on stand in wooden box, c. 1875. Labelled as 'after A.W. Hofmann, made by Manuel Gonzalez, Verdiguier, Madrid'. The set comprises five stands, coloured balls with attached spokes, labelled with chemical formulae and brass collars. The carbon atoms are tetrahedral.
Set of wheels from Blenkinsop Railway locomotive
Locomotives and Rolling Stock Components
Set of wheels, cast from original patterns for Blenkinsop Railway locomotive, 1 fluted set, 2 flanged sets, painted black and set on rails; overall dimensions: 1800 mm x 2000 mm (see note below)
Magic lantern slide: 'The Elephant's Revenge', number 3
One in a series of hand-painted magic lantern slides entitled 'The Elephant's Revenge', made by Newton and Company in 1870. The series tells the story of what happens when a man taunts an elephant. This is the third slide in the series, showing the man shooting an arrow into the elephant.
Croquet Party at Castle-town
A photograph entitled 'Croquet Party at Castle-town', taken by W D Hemphill in 1868. The photograph shows a group of people posing during a game of croquet outside a stately home. The photograph is from the Amateur Photographic Association Prize album for 1868.
Clay figure of animal
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Unbaked clay figure of animal, one ear damaged, amuletic, unsigned, Egyptian, 2000BC-1000BC
Three of the first microphones, 1878.
Five microphones consisting of wood-charcoal blocks in contact
Close, No 157 Bridgegate
A photograph entitled 'Close, No. 157 Bridgegate', taken by Thomas Annan in 1868. The photograph shows a narrow close behind No. 157 Bridgegate (or Briggait) in Glasgow. Bridgegate was home to many of the city's merchants until trade moved west and the area joined many of the slum areas in the east end of Glasgow.
Colour print showing solar prominences
One of three colour engravings with window mounts of colour sketches showing ten views of solar prominences (Pl 8.), observed and drawn by Etienne Leopold Trouvelot in 1872 at the Harvard College Observatory.
Colour print showing solar prominences
One of three colour engravings with window mounts of colour sketches showing two enlarged viws of solar prominences (Pl 9.), observed and drawn by Etienne Leopold Trouvelot in 1872 at the Harvard College Observatory.
Colour print of the visible surface of the Sun
One of eight colour lithographs (Pl.3) with window mounts of two colour sketches showing the Sun in white light, drawn by Etienne Leopold Trouvelot in 1872. February 2nd; February 16th.
Wine glass possibly used by Joseph Lister in his experiments on milk, Europe, 1870-1878
Wine glass with fake plaster contents and glass cover, possibly used as a culture glass by Joseph Lister in his experiment in Lactic fermentation
A Woodburytype entitled 'Professor Fawcett'. taken by Lock and Whitfield in 1876. This Woodburytype is taken from a series of seven volumes entitled 'Men of Mark'. Published between 1876 and 1883, each volume featured 36 portraits of prominent men of the time.
Bird-type inhaler with accessories, United Kingdom, 1869
Birds medical inhaling pipe, supplied by Savory and Moore, in case with accessories, patented 1869
Portrait of a prisoner
An identity photograph of Hannah Buckham, taken by an unknown photographer in 1873. The photograph is taken from an album of prison record photographs. Buckham, aged forty-two, was arrested in Newcastle in December 1873 and sentenced to three months hard labour for theft.
Set of 5, spatulate ended rods, used for testing c
Set of 5, spatulate ended rods, used for testing colour vision and central scotomata(?), English, 1870-1880
A Woodburytype entitled 'Thomas Hughes', taken by Lock and Whitfield in 1880. This Woodburytype is taken from a series of seven volumes entitled 'Men of Mark'. Published between 1876 and 1883, each volume featured 36 portraits of prominent men of the time. A brief biographical essay by Thompson Cooper (1837-1904) accompanied each portrait.
Glass syringe designed by Joseph Lister, United Kingdom, 1871-1878
Glass and metal piston-action syringe, graduated, designed to dispense liquid in very small amounts, designed by Lister and probably used by him in his experiments
Slate tobacco jar, United Kingdom, 1877-1879
Cut slate stone tobacco jar, lacquered, painted with various scenes with gilt trim, two finger grip lid, dated August 10, 1879, British, 1877-1879
Piece of telegraph cable, c. 1869
Piece of telegraph cable reputed to have been laid between Lands End and the Scilly Isles, unknown maker, British, c. 1869
Jablochkoff Candle on Stand, c. 1876
one of two electric candles on stand, made by Jablochkoff, during his early experiments
Eclipse Demonstration Model
Model to illustrate causes of eclipses by Henri Robert, Paris. One of twelve models thought to have been purchased at the 1867 Paris Exposition (see note).