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'Tabloid' medicine chest used for a transatlantic balloon flight in 1910
Materia Medica & Pharmacology
Metal chest with hinged lid, `Tabloid' medicine chest used by Walter Wellman for Transatlantic balloon flight, 1910, made by Burroughs Wellcome and Co., 1900-1910
'Tabloid' medicine chest, used for 1938 Mt. Everest expedition
Materia Medica & Pharmacology
Metal 'Tabloid" medicine chest with lock, style 260, supplied to 1938 Everest Expedition, prepared by Burroughs Wellcome and Co. (The Wellcome Foundation Ltd.), London 1937-1938
Packet of pure quinine powder
Materia Medica & Pharmacology
Packet of quinine powder, as sold in post offices in India, 1890-1900
Radium teletherapy apparatus, the radium 'bomb'
One gramme radium teletherapy apparatus, wheeled (the fourth Westminster Hospital "bomb"), probably made by E. Rock Carling at the Hospital, London, c.1930.
Glass bottle of penicillin powder
Penicillin, by Kemball, Bishop & Co., in a glass container with cork stopper, 1943. Label attached.
Carton of 'Purgen-The New Aperient' tablets, London, England, 1901-1940
Materia Medica & Pharmacology
Carton of "Purgen" tablets with instructions, by H. and T.Kirby and Co., Ltd., London, 1901-1940
Circular unit of Finsen lamp
The main circular unit of the Finsen ultraviolet lamp, presented by Princess Alexandra to the London Hospital in 1900
One of Fleming's first thermionic diode valves, 1889
Thermionic valve, one of three original examples, by Sir John Ambrose Fleming, London, England, 1904. This valve uses a lamp with a flat concertina wire filament, by Edison & Swan United Electric Company, London, England, 1889.
Puzzle in the form of a maze showing the path from 'Slumdon' to 'Good Health'
Nursing & Hospital Furnishings
Puzzle in the form of a maze depicting illnesses between "Slumdon" and "Good Health", made by Chad Valley Co. Ltd., sold on behalf of the Infants' Hospital, Vincent Square, London, c.1930
Thomas Lewis’ electrocardiograph
Electrocardiograph, used by Sir Thomas Lewis at University College Hospital, London, by the Cambridge Instrument Co., Cambridge, England, 1930
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’.
Box of escapement finisher's tools used by William Heyes, London
Box of escapement finisher's tools used by William Heyes, London, early 20th century.
Selector super portable broadcast receiver, 1925-1930
Selector super portable broadcast receiver, made by Selectors Limited, London, England, 1925-1930
checked cloth sample
Cloth, dark blue and cream check, made in the United States, around 1900.
Shelvador electric compression domestic refrigerator, c. 1934-1935.
Shelvador electric compression domestic refrigerator, an example of the first model to be equipped with internal shelves inside the door, streamlined design, by Crosley, U.S.A., 1930-1940
Strowger calling dial, 1900
Strowger calling dial, made by the Automatic Electric Company, United States, 1900
impulse sender (dial), 1915
Impulse sender (dial) used in panel telephone exchange systems, made by the Western Electric Company, United States, 1915
Scales used in mortuary
Mortuary crane scales by Salter, Ca.1950. Typical model of mid-1950s. It was probably acquired second hand from a maternity ward as was common practice. These models are still made today (2017).
Penicillium mould presented by Alexander Fleming
A sample of Penicillium mould presented by Alexander Fleming to Douglas Macleod, 1935.
Specimens of Pacific cable in glazed presentation case, 1902-1923
Specimens of Pacific cable laid between Vancouver Island and Fanning Island, cables made by Telephone Construction and Maintenance Company, Greenwich, London, England, 1902. In glazed presentation case, unknown maker, British, 1902-1923
five-line single cord switchboard, 1900-1909
Five-line single cord switchboard, unknown maker, British, 1900-1909.
wall telephone using a Blake transmitter, 1880-1890
Wall telephone with Blake transmitter, made by the United Telephone Company, 1880-1890
Marconi-Reis transverse-current carbon microphone
Marconi-Reis transverse-current carbon microphone, invented by Georg Neumann, unknown maker, British, 1925-1935.
Marconi coherer and Admiralty pattern decoherer, 1900-1910
Marconi coherer and Admiralty pattern decoherer, unknown maker, British, 1900-1910
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
Wartime civilian receiver A.C.mains type, 1944-1945
Wartime civilian receiver A.C.mains type, Wartime Joint Enterprise, British, 1944-1945
Volume 1 No. 1 of "Television" monthly magazine, 1928
Volume 1 number 1 of "Television" monthly magazine, "The Official Organ of the Television Society", published by Television Press Limited, British, March 1928.
Artificial right hand, Europe
Certalmid hand with fully opposed thumb with a grooved tip. The index and middle fingers are 'canted' to enable a pen or pencil to be held. In the palm is a screw box fitment for securing a driving cup (for holding a ball on the steering wheel of a car). Probably made by A.E. Evans, c.1920.
Penicillin fermentation vessel, England, 1940-1945
Penicillin fermentation vessel (early surface fermentation method), c. 1943
Ivory model of a skull on wooden pedestal
Anatomy & Pathology
Ivory model of a skull, on crossed bones, mounted on a wooden pedestal
Snow plough, North Eastern Railway
Locomotives and Rolling Stock
Snow plough, North Eastern Railway, No DE900566, 1891.
Pye B16T television receiver
PYE B16T table-top television receiver, manufactured by Pye Limited, East Anglia, England, 1946-1948.
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.
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.
Kodak Retina (Type 117)
Retina camera type 117. Folding camera for 35mm for 24 x 36mm. Fitted with a Schneider Xenar lens F: 5cm, f/3.5 No 694235. Compur shutter 1/2/5/10/25/50/100/300/B/T. Helical focusing of whole lens to 3.5 feet. Direct vision optical finder. Rotary exposure counter. Depth of field scale. No. 449875. Kodak AG, 1934-1935.
Cotton bale breaker
Cotton bale breaker, made by Platt Brothers & Co. Ltd, Oldham, 1911 and used in the Textile Technology Department at UMIST.
Ampoule of penicillin
Ampoule of the First International Standard (1945) of penicillin
Mother and child statue
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
Wooden effigy of mother and child to help in childbirth and keep evil spirits from children, made by Ma-Yombe, Congolese, 1880-1920
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.
'Jason I', de Havilland DH.60G Gipsy Moth
De Havilland Gipsy moth Aeroplane 'Jason I', by De Havilland Aircraft Company, Brent, Greater London, United Kingdom, 1928. Used on historic flight of Miss Amy Johnson to Australia, May 1930, DH.60G, G-AAAH
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.
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.
Artificial right leg, Singapore, c.1943
Right above knee prosthesis, constructed from crashed aircraft in a Japanese Prisoner of War Camp in Singapore during World War II. It was made by Royal Engineer prisoners, under the direction of Col. Julian Taylor FRCS and a Sergeant Armourer. Made c.1943. (Weight: 7.5 lbs 3.4 kg).
No. I.T. Morse tape printer, 1925
No. I.T. Morse tape printer, manufactured by Creed and Company Limited, Croydon, London, England, 1925
original packaging for aerial wire, 1920-1940
Original box for special aerial wire for use with home broadcast receivers, manufactured by Aerialite Limited, Stalybridge, Greater Manchester, England, 1920-1940