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Crossley table telephone, 1879
Crossley desk-type telephone transmitter, made by Emmot and Blakey, Bradford, West Yorkshire, England, 1879
Decorated pedestal water closets 'The New Humber'
One of two decorated pedestal water closets 'The New Humber' by McDowall, Steven and Co.Ltd., 4 Upper Thames Street, E.C., c.1880
Compound monocular microscope
Compound monocular microscope, signed by Tolles of the Boston Optical Works, American, circa 1870, bought by Crisp from C. Stodder
Hindu planispheric astrolabe in copper [brass?], single plate, made for Raja Ramasimha by Sivalala in 1870. Engraved in Sanskrit with instrument laid out for the latitude of Bundi (25º 28'), Rajasthan, India. Alidade at rear missing.
One of four original Swan and Raven models used by Froude
One of four original Swan and Raven models used by William Froude on River Dart in 1867 measuring 6 foot in length.
Chamberland filter, France, 1875-1884
Chamberland filter used by Pasteur and Chamberland in work on anthrax and chicken cholera
Sixteen lens cine camera by Louis Le Prince
Sixteen lens cinematographic camera, made by Louis Le Prince in Paris in 1887 (with electrical connections)
Jones 50-line switchboard, 1879.
50-line manual telephone switchboard, made by Jones Brothers, Cincinatti, USA, 1879
Main body of endoscope (for aural, rectal or urethral use). Unknown maker. c.1875-1885 CE.
Scarificator from cupping set
Scarificator, brass, part of cupping set made by Arnold of London, 1878
Lowdown Suite W.C. pedestal and tank, the "Darnley
Lowdown Suite W.C. pedestal and tank, the "Darnley", c.1882
Granular carbon-type telephone transmitter
Granular carbon type telephone transmitter, made by David Moseley & Sons, Manchester, c.1890.
Kastner's Pyrophone, 1873-1876
Pyrophone, patented and made by Frédéric Kastner, France, 1873
Replica of Edison's first phonograph, 1877.
Replica of Edison's original phonograph, 1877
Close, No 118 High Street
A photograph entitled 'Close, No. 118 High Street', taken by Thomas Annan in 1868. The photograph shows a group of women and children crowded in a close behind 118 High Street in Glasgow.
Crookes' spiral periodic system
Periodic table model, in spiral form, made by Sir William Crookes, representing the order of evolution of the elements, 1888.
Lawson 'Bicyclette', 1879
Lawson's Bicyclette of 1879, (First step in the evolution of the modern safety cycle) with box of accessory items.
Clockwork interruptor, once owned by David Hughes, 1875-1880
Clockwork interruptor made and used by David Edward Hughes (1831-1900), England, c. 1879
submarine cable laid across the River Medina, 1878
Submarine telegraph cable laid across the River Medina, Isle of Wight, 1878, recovered 1977. Believed used in A.G. Bell's telephone experiment between Cowes and Osborne House.
Gold lever watch by George Blackie
Lever escapement watch by George Blackie in a gold engine-turned case. White enamel dial with a subsidiary seconds dial and up-and-down indicator. Helical balance-spring. Signed ‘Geoe. Blackie fecit 392, Strand, London No. 742’. Engraved on the back plate ‘Nelthropp prize winner 1873’. Hallmarked for 1873.
Edison telephone peg switchboard and pegs, 1879
Edison telephone peg switchboard with six pegs, made by the Edison Telegraph Company of London Limited, London, England, 1879
Gooch centrepiece, 1872
Miscellanea & Curiosities
Centrepiece, silver, commissioned and purchased by Sir Daniel Gooch, 1872, engraved with the arms of the Gooch family and of the Great Western Railway Company. At the top is a figure of a woman, representing the Arts, at the base are three seated figures; Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Joseph Locke and George Stephenson. Design also features one of Gooch's Great Western Railway locomotives, a railway viaduct, and a scene showing the laying of a transatlantic cable.
One of four original Swan and Raven models used by
One of four original Swan and Raven models used by William froude on River Dart in 1867 measuring 6 foot in length.
replica of Bell's 1876 'iron-box' receiver, 1959
Replica of Bell's 1876 'iron box' receiver, made by Science Museum Workshops, South Kensington, London, England, 1959
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
Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Contraception
Obstetrical forceps, steel, Norwegian, 19th century.
Plaster model of a human eye, France, 1884
Anatomy & Pathology
Plaster model of a sectioned human eye, French, 1884.
Table chronometer in a gilt-metal and glazed case by Victor Kullburg
Spring-detent platform escapement table chronometer by Victor Kullberg. Gilt brass and glazed case. Silvered dial with subsidiary seconds and up-and-down indicator. 8-day fusee movement. Spring-detent platform escapement with helical spring and compensation balance. Signed ‘Victor Kullberg London 3973’. Engraved on the case ‘In memoriam Thomas Ogilvy, Corrimony 30th July 1877’.
Wheatstone receiver (Morse inker), 1867
Wheatstone receiver (Morse inker), unknown maker, probably British, 1867
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.
'Iago - study from an Italian'
A photographic portrait of the artist's model, Angelo Colarossi (born about 1839), taken by Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879) in 1867. The print forms part of the Herschel Album.
wooden base for submarine cable laid across the River Medina, 1878
Wooden base for submarine telegraph cable laid across the River Medina, Isle of Wight, 1878, recovered 1977. Believed used in A.G. Bell's telephone experiment between Cowes and Osborne House.
Figure group: 'The Toothdrawer', Berlin, 1870-1880
Figure group 'The Toothdrawer', spelter, by R. Pereda, cast by Werch Glinniche, Berlin, 1870-1880
Set of six test tubes with stand, used by Joseph Lister
Set of 6 test-tubes, each with a glass cap, set upright in a test-tube stand made from glass and wire used by Lister in his experiments on lactic fermentation, circa 1877
Commemorative spade used to turn the first sod of
Commemorative spade used to turn the first sod of the River Lee Conservancy's new cutting through Horse Shoe Point, Clapton, on 12 July 1878
Tailboard, North Eastern Railway
Locomotives and Rolling Stock Components
Tailboard, North Eastern Railway, "Train Following/Return to Saltburn No.5" (Oblong metal, c.1880)
Wood-working brace drill, with button-operated latch chuck, 1875-1885
Hand and Machine Tools
Wood-working brace drill, with button-operated latch chuck, unsigned, England, 1875-1885. This is an early example of the brace which replaced the bow drill because it is easier to manipulate than the bow and there is no idle return movement. The speed of rotation is slower but the turning force (moment) is greater and a different form of bit (drill piece) taking a heavier cut was used. This is fitted with a button type of chuck used from the latter half of the 18th Century. However, the style features in 20th Century tool catalogues.
Glass bottle, part of cupping set
Glass bottle, stoppered, part of cupping set made by Arnold of London, 1878
General Post Office high-speed paper-tape telegraph transmitter, c.1880.
Nested cupping glasses
Two nested cupping glasses, part of cupping set made by Arnold of London, 1878
Original Tesla induction motor, 1887-1888.
Original Tesla Induction Motor presented by Tesla to Prof. Ayrton
model sykes lock and block signalling system
Demonstration model of Sykes lock and block system, 1875, with glazed shade.
Marey's Camera for Chronophotography
Camera for chronophotography on a fixed plate invented by Étienne-Jules Marey, about 1882.
Photograph of the Great Nebula in Orion, 1883
One of eleven photographs, taken by Andrew Ainslie Common of the Orion Nebula (M42) using a 36-inch reflecting telescope with a silver-on-glass mirror in the garden at his home in Ealing, London. Taken with an exposure of 60 minutes on February 26th 1883.
Mummy of a peregrine falcon, Egypt, 2000-1001 BCE
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Mummy of peregrine falcon, Egyptian, 2000-1001 BC
Isle of Man Railway "Pender" Locomotive
Locomotives and Rolling Stock
Isle of Man Railway locomotive no. 3, named 'Pender', Order Number 2965 made by Beyer, Peacock & Co. Ltd, Gorton Works, Manchester, 1873.