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Dissecting microscope used by Sir Ronald Ross
Dissecting microscope by E. Leitz, Wetzlar, circa 1900, used by Sir Ronald Ross, Consultant on malaria to the War Office
Three boxes of 'Manchester' rapid dry gelatine plates made by J. T. Chapman Ltd of Manchester in around 1888.
Locomotives and Rolling Stock Components
Locomotive worksplate, brass, London Midland & Scottish Railway, LMS rebuilt 1920 Derby, back cast "pattern No 5".
General Electric CA101 Pilotron triode (McVitie Weston valve collection), 1918
General Electric CA101 Pilotron triode, C base, made by the General Electric Company Limited, United States, 1918. McVitie Weston number = RMW/B31
3 tongue depressors wrapped in paper
Materia Medica & Pharmacology
3 flat orange tongue depressors with rounded edges, stacked and wrapped together in brown paper. Label reading 'Tongue Depressor' adhered to the paper wrapping. The paper wrapping is torn in several places, exposing the tongue depressors. Stored inside the first aid kit used by Rear Admiral R.E. Byrd on exploration flight to the Antarctic, 1930. Made by Burroughs Wellcome and Co., United States, 1928-1930
'Televisor', made by Baird International Television Ltd, London, 1932.
Set of 8 brass handled, inspector's Imperial standard testing weights
Weighing & Measuring
Set of 8 brass handled, inspector's Imperial standard testing weights (7lb to 1oz & 4 to 1 dr) by W & T Avery Limited, Birmingham, dated 1890 in wooden carrying case. Used by the London County Council and later the London Borough of Southwark.
16-mm cine camera
Model B 16-mm cine camera in case made by the Eastman Kodak Co., Rochester, USA, c.1925.
Head dressing in cardboard box
Materia Medica & Pharmacology
Head dressing in a cardboard box printed with the inscription "Tabloid' brand adjustable head dressing compressed'. Stored inside the First aid kit used by Rear Admiral R.E. Byrd on exploration flight to the Antarctic, 1930, made by Burroughs Wellcome and Co., United States, 1928-1930
S.215 dummy valve, 1920-1929
S.215 dummy valve, Osram RF triode, made by the M-O Valve Company Limited, Hammersmith, London, England, 1920-1929.
Biunial lantern slide projector
Biunial (two-tier) lantern slide projector with five lens tubes and two lenses, made by J. A. Furnivel, Manchester, c.1890. Originally lit by gas with special mixing valve. One projector sits on top of the other. Screw adjusters on both projectors to focus the beams together.
Early model wooden-case comptometer by Felt and Ta
Early model wooden-case comptometer by Felt and Tarrant Manufacturing Co., Chicago, USA.
London & North Western Railway railway wagon
Locomotives and Rolling Stock
Railway wagon, covered van, London & North Western Railway, Serial No 35 of 1917.
RCA 955 Acorn UFH triode vale (McVitie Weston valve collection), 1935
RCA 995 Acorn UHF triode valve, 5AA base, miniature, by RCA Corporation, United States, 1935. McVitie Weston number = RMW/F59
Cinema audience pictured using the Ilford infra-red process
A photograph entitled 'Cinema audience pictured using the Ilford infra-red process', taken in 1932 by James Jarché for the Daily Herald.
Polyfoto camera, made by Kodak Limited. For 48 successive exposures on 1/2" plates.The photographer turned a crank handle on the side of the camera, which moved the photographic plate and made the exposure automatically.
Anti-streptococci serum, France, 1888-1932
Public Health & Hygiene
Glass ampoule, of antistreptococci serum, made by Pasteur Institute in wooden box with seal intact, French, 1881
Henry Babbage's Analytical Engine Mill, 1910.
Computing & Data Processing
Henry Babbage's analytical engine (incomplete), with various spare parts and patterns for casting
Original Tesla induction motor, 1887-1888.
Original Tesla Induction Motor presented by Tesla to Prof. Ayrton
coal mining axe
coal mining axe. Miner's Nadger Pick. Has hole in the wooden shaft for tool bar.
Marconi 1.5kW transmitter used by 2LO
Marconi 1.5kW transmitter, Marconi Company Limited, Chelmsford, 1922. Used by the BBC London station 2LO between 1922 and 1925, as rebuilt c.1954 incorporating some non-original but contemporary components
National Diesel Engine
Single-cylinder horizontal four-stroke diesel engine with generator and lighting set, made by the National Gas Engine Co. Ltd, Ashton-under-Lyne, 1928.
German Fokker E III Monoplane, c 1915.
German Fokker E III Monoplane with Parabelum light machine gun (fitted with engine 1923-798)
Model steam locomotive, spirit fired live steam 'dribbler' 3
Model steam locomotive, spirit fired live steam 'dribbler' 3 inch gauge, Stevens' Model Dockyard 2-2-2.
Weston Photronic Exposure Meter Model 650
Weston photronic exposure meter Model 650. Photoelectric exposure meter, calibrated 0-1,000 emulsion speed numbers 17250. Rotary calculator: f1.5-32, 100 secs - 1/1200 seconds. NO 4471742. Weston Electric Instrument Co.
Bersey electric taxi cab
Bersey electric cab, 1897, designed by Walter Bersey (General Manager of the London Electrical Cab Company). Berseys were built by the Great Horseless Carriage Company, fitted with Mulliner bodies and powered by 3-1/2 horse power Lundell type motors with a range of 30 miles, and a top speed of 9 mph.An improved version with larger batteries was constructed by the Gloucester Railway Waggon Company. Breakdowns, coupled with the high cost of batteries and tyres made operations unprofitable, and the company was closed down in August, 1899. Altogether it is thought 77 cabs to Bersey's design were made by the two companies.
Kent's knife sharpening and cleaning-machine, c. 1905.
Kent's patent rotary disc hand-operated knife sharpening and cleaning machine, size 7 no. 8926, overall design based on patents 10225 and 13920 in 1852 by George Kent, most recent patents in 1895, 1902 and 1903 made by Kent of Holborn, London, and supplied by Halstead and Kestell of Royston, 1903-1905
Spirograph and examples of patterns drawn using it
Spirograph with attachments for drawing correctly the most elaborate spiral patterns; made by P.H. Desvignes Vienna, height 14 3/4 inches, diameter of table 13 1/2 inches
Liston-type amputation knife, London, England, 1920-1930
Liston's amputation knife with steel blade and nickel plated handle made by Down Bros. of London, English, 1920-1930
Ai-Todor, The Crimea; Princess Irena's House
Black and white photograph entitled 'Ai-Todor, The Crimea; Princess Irena's House', a view of H. H. Princess Irena Alexandrovitch's house, the roof just seen, surrounded by trees with the sea behind. Taken by Herbert Galloway Stewart near Ai-Todor Palace, The Crimea, in August 1915. From page 8 of snapshot album number 16 of the Russian Imperial Royal Family, compiled by Herbert Galloway Stewart (1866-1960).
Series of photographs showing phases of movement of a man jumping a hurdle, by Étienne-Jules Marey
Photograph showing phases of movement of a man jumping a hurdle, made by Étienne-Jules Marey, c 1892.
Cine Kodak Eight Model 20
Cine Kodak Eight Model 20. Movie camera for standard 8mm film, 25 feet double run. f/3.5-16 anastigmat lens. Clockwork motor, approx. 30 seconds run. Optical frame finder, with parallax indicator in folding handle. Footage indicator sensing feed spool capacity. No. U8548. Kodak Limited. 1932.
Model of "Silver Link" steam locomotive
Model steam locomotive, scale 1/12, London & North Eastern Railway A4 class 4-6-2 No.2509 "Silver Link", prototype built 1935.
Sectioned model steam locomotive boiler
Model steam locomotive boiler with `Belpaire' fire box and superheater, approximately 1/8 scale, sectioned, circa1920.
Bust of Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)
Bronze bust of Albert Einstein by Jacob Epstein, 1933. Signed Epstein. Worked from a week of informal morning sittings in a retreat in a camp near Cromer, Norfolk. Einstein had left Nazi Germany and rested in this safe haven before going to the USA. The head is unfinished
model London & South Western Railway steam locomotive
Model steam locomotive 1/16 scale, London & South Western Railway `T3' class 4-4-0 No 580, prototype built at Nine Elms Works in 1890, working model, brass and steel, unpainted, built by S.L. Thompstone, District Loco Supt, Manchester in 1903.
Cesare Urtis & Co - Forniture Electriche
poster, Cesare Urtis & Co. Turine - Forniture Electriche, by Adolfo Hohenstein, printed by Luigi Simondetti,Torino [Turin] c1900. Night scene, a city illuminated by woman holding electrical apparatus, cascade of wires and lightbulbs. Lithograph, col. 74x 52cm. In frame 80x58.5x2cm
Model of Great Central Railway "Atlantic" Express Locomotive
1903 (original); 1982 (model)
Model, scale 1:8.7, of 4-4-2 locomotive, Great Central Railway, designed by J. G. Robinson, 1905. With 6-wheeled tender.
Lucky Lindbergh Coin
Coins, Medals & Tokens
Medal: "Lucky Lindbergh Coin". Commemorative piece issued USA, 1927. Bronze, 32mm diameter. obverse, airplane The Spirit of St Louis above clouds, lucky shamrock, shield and horseshoe. reverse, Lindbergh relief Head profile to R, dates May 20th May 21st 1927, legend Capt. Charles A Lindbergh. First non-stop flight New York to Paris
The Terminus (Penzance Station)
Pictorial Collection (Railway)
Painting, oil on canvas, The Terminus (Penzance Station) by Stanhope Alexander Forbes, 1925. Painting shows a busy station platform from a high view point. This includes carriages, passengers and posters. The sea wall, houses and fields can be seen beyond the platform. Framed and glazed.
Hydraulic dental chair, Philadelphia, United States, 1925-1935
"Diamond 2" dental chair, foot pump, by the S.S. White Dental Manufacturing Co., Philadelphia, USA, 1925-1935
Replica of Pascal's calculator
Replica made by E. Rognon, Paris of Blaise Pascal's first calculating machine, held by the Conservatoire National de Art et Metiers, Paris.
Akeley cine camera
Akeley 35mm cine camera with tripod and panning head, Akeley Camera Co, No 153, 1917.
Demeny-Gaumont chronophotograph camera/projector
Demeny-Gaumont chronophotograph camera/projector, c 1898. Serial No 1292. L Gaumont et cie, Paris. Cine camera and projector for 35mm film, Edison perforation; eccentrically mounted beater; two continuous prockets. Provision for frame, by moving gate; adjustable sector shutter; lens missing; external 400 foot magazines; direct vision viewfinder; film punch; handle missing.
Ashworth & Parker Electricity Generating Set
Steam-driven high-speed electricity generating set, comprising a steam engine made by Ashworth & Parker, Bury, and generator made by Mather & Platt, Manchester, 1910.
Peter Pan 'box camera' folding gramophone, 1924.
Peter Pan 'box camera' folding gramophone, 1924.