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Notice, Midland Railway
Trespass notice, Midland Railway, signed Alexis Charles 1899, white letters on red background
Poulsen's wire-reel telegraphone
Poulsen Telegraphone, for magnetic recording on wire, 1903.
Birtac 17.5mm Camera/Projector
The Birtac camera/projector in ever ready leather case. Designed by Birt Acres, made by The Northern Photographic Works, Barnet, 1899. Cine camera/projector for 17.5mm film (slit standard). Ross lens, No 57581 with Waterhouse stop slot (three stop sin top compartment) on internal rack mount for projection; threraded mount on exterior for taking seperate gates for two functions. Beater intermittent; single continuous sprocket. Direct vision finder, ground glass missing, detached, needs repair (in top compartment).
Short's 'Filoscope' Flip Book 'The Train'
Short's Filoscope 'The Train'. Manufactured by The British Mutoscope & Biograph Co Ltd, Henry W Short (patentee/inventor), 1897.
Hong Kong plague medal, England, 1894
Hong Kong Plague Medal 1894, silver medal with silk ribbon, awarded to Private S. Abbey of Shropshire Light Infantry, by the Hong Kong Community for his services during the plague epidemic, by Boucher and Wyon, English, 1894
House next to Halstead Brewery
A photograph entitled 'House next to Halstead Brewery', taken by Edgar Tarry Adams, c. 1900. The photograph shows the Adams' family home in Halstead, Essex, next to the brewery which they owned. The lettering on the window reads 'Adams & Sons Maltsters & Brewers'.
Mignon typewriter, model 2, c. 1905
Printing & Writing
Mignon typewriter, model 2, c. 1905. The principle of the Mignon is very simple. It combines a typesleeve with a complete character set, and an index card with pointer and two (later three) keys. Point the pointer at a letter on the index and strike the key to print a letter on the paper and advance the carriage. With minor practice the operator could reach a typing speed of at least 100 strokes per minute. Both the index card and typesleeve could be replaced to change fonts and use character sets for different languages.
Schmidt and Haensch polarimeter, c 1900.
Polarimeter by Franz Schmidt and Haensch, Berlin S., with stand, in box, serial no. 4838, D. R. pat. 82523, c. 1900
William Friese-Greene's Stereo Cine Camera
William Friese-Greene's Stereo Cine Camera, manufactured by A Lege & Co, London c. 1890. With brass plate on front, etched 'A Lege & Co / Makers / London'.
Whole model of P.S. 'Comet'
Model, scale 1:24, of the P.S. 'Comet' (1812), the first steamboat to run commercially in Europe, original designed by Henry Bell, by Thomas Rennie, Scotland, 1895-1900
Magic lantern projector with s
Magic lantern projector with seven boxes of slides, made by Aubrey Franks Ltd, Manchester, c.1890.
Model of Prof. Helen Shaw's sphere and roller variable gear mechanism.
Model of Prof. Helen Shaw's sphere and roller variable gear mechanism.
Bazzi and Bianchi phonendoscope, European, 1901-19
Bazzi and Bianchi phonendoscope, European, 1901-1905
Motor fire engine with Hatfield pump made by Merryweather and Sons
Motor fire engine with Hatfield pump made by Merryweather and Sons, 1904, for Finchley U.D.C., with 1 length of suction hose and 1 length of delivery hose (Fitted with magneto Inv. 1919-454)
20lb 'Imperium' counter scales
Weighing & Measuring
20lb 'Imperium' counter scales, made by W. & T. Avery Ltd, Birmingham, c.1905.
Hot-wire voltmeter, by Johnson & Phillips Ltd., Lo
Electricity and Magnetism
Hot-wire voltmeter, by Johnson & Phillips Ltd., London, no.29284, 0-50 and 0-250 volts
Combined Pocket Watch and Aneroid Barometer, 1895-1905
Patent combined pocket watch and aneroid barometer, French, 1895-1905. Marked 'Made in France', intended for English-speaking market.
Diamond Jubilee brick
Brick, coal mining use. Staffordshire blue, 1897, stamped Diamond Jubilee.
Woman holding a rose
A photograph of a woman holding a rose, taken by James Arthur, c. 1900.
A photograph entitled 'Holborn, London', published by George Washington Wilson, c. 1890. On the left of this wide street are Lockhart's Cocoa Rooms and Prosser's Oyster and Supper Rooms.
Woman on a tree trunk
A photograph of a young woman seated on a tree trunk, taken by James Arthur, c. 1900. This studio photograph shows the woman sitting in a woodland setting.
Handwritten talisman, Ashanti people, Ghana, 1891-1900
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
Handwritten talisman (personal charm), found by Sir Robert Baden-Powell during English Expedition, Ashanti people, Ghana, 1890s
Woman with hourglass
A photograph of a woman holding an hourglass, taken by James Arthur, c. 1900. The woman is dressed in an exotic costume and stands in front of an elaborately painted background.
Mains cable from power stations in London, around 1890
Section of the mains electricity cable used to connect the Grosvenor Galleries to the Deptford substation. Made by Sebastian Ziani de Ferranti around 1890.
The General Post Office and Peel's Monument
A photograph entitled 'The General Post Office and Peel's Monument', published by George Washington Wilson, c. 1890. The photograph shows the GPO headquarters in St Martin's Le Grand, built between 1825 and 1829. The statue in the centre depicts Sir Robert Peel (1788-1850) who was responsible for the establishment of the Metropolitan Police Force in 1829 and was Prime Minister in 1834-1835. On the right is J S Sweeting's Fish & Oyster Establishment.
Woman with a spinning wheel
A photograph of a woman with a spinning wheel, taken by James Arthur in 1899. This staged studio photograph shows a woman wearing an apron sitting next to a spinning wheel.
House at Deal
A photograph of one of the Adams' family homes, nicknamed 'The Bungalow', at Deal, Kent, taken by Edgar Tarry Adams in September 1898.
Stereoscopic Spark Drum Camera
Spark drum camera for taking stereoscopic high-speed cinematograph photographs. Invented and used by Dr Lucien Bull, CBE, 1903.
Photographer's `Birdie' - Tin Whistle in shape of a songbird. Maker unknown, c1900.
Hammond typewriter with 2-row curved keyboard and braille strip, c. 1894
Printing & Writing
Hammond typewriter adapted for the blind with 2-row curved keyboard and Braille strip, c.1894. Adapted form of Hammond No.1 typewriter, an early American typewriter with two-row ebony "piano" keys and mahogany base, interchangeable two-piece type-shuttle with rubber characters, striking spring-loaded hammer behind the carriage, cylindrical paper-holder under the plate.
Model of hygienic sanitary appliance
Square model with a hole in it. Sticker marker 123. Part of a collection of small models of sanitary appliances, to be used for instruction in hygiene, in cabinet
Detachable anatomical model of human face
Anatomy & Pathology
Detachable human face model, showing facial muscle anatomy, made of plaster, part of a life size female anatomical figure, c. 1900.
Criminal record sheet
A page from a criminal record ledger compiled by the West Yorkshire police in 1903. The ledger contains portraits, personal details and criminal records of convicted criminals. This page is about Thomas Davidson, aged sixty-two of no fixed abode, who had a string of convictions for burglary, larceny and petty theft.
Men at Work in the London Brewery
A photograph entitled 'Men at Work in the London Brewery', taken by Edgar Tarry Adams, c. 1900. Adams was himself the owner of Adams brewery, his family business in Halstead, Essex.
Woman with a miniature
A photograph of a woman holding a rose in one hand, a miniature portrait in the other, taken by James Arthur in 1898.
Dover Harbour Tug, 'Lady Vita'
A photograph entitled 'Dover Harbour Tug, 'Lady Vita', taken by Edgar Tarry Adams in August 1898.
King Edward and Queen Alexandra at Cambridge
A photograph entitled 'King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra at Cambridge', taken by Edgar Tarry Adams in March 1904. The photograph is subtitled 'The Vice-Chancellor (Dr Chase) reading an address to them in Senate House '. The King was at the University to open a library on Downing Street.
Woman in a sequinned dress
A photograph of a woman in a white sequined evening dress, taken by James Arthur, c. 1900. The woman wears a heavy pearl choker necklace. The train of the gown, trimmed with lace, is placed in front of her.
Brown & Sharpe automatic lathe
Hand and Machine Tools
Automatic lathe, made by Brown & Sharpe Manufacturing Co., Providence, Rhode Island, USA, and installed at the Renolds Ltd factory, Manchester, 1897. Number 0.0.
Woman with vase of flowers
A photograph of a woman holding a vase of flowers, taken by James Arthur in 1899. The woman in this studio photograph sits against a backdrop painted with a landscape view. She holds a large vase, the flowers strewn over her lap.
Halstead Fire Brigade
A photograph entitled 'Halstead Fire Brigade', taken by Edgar Tarry Adams, c. 1900. The Volunteer Fire Brigade in Halstead, Essex, was formed by Adams in 1878.
Woman with a water jug
A photograph of a woman holding a water jug above her head, taken by James Arthur, c. 1900. The woman in this studio photograph wears Classical-style gown and stands against a riverside painted backdrop.
d'Arsonval electric chronometer, Paris, France, 1902
d'Arsonval electric chronometer, for measuring reflex reaction time, by Charles Verdin, Paris, 1902
Frames from 'The Corbett Fitzsimmons Fight'
60mm Film strip, made up of five frames of the earliest feature film (and earliest widescreen feature) entitled 'The Corbett Fitzsimmons Fight', directed by Enoch J Rector. Filmed on 17 March 1897 in Carson City, Nevada, USA.