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Gripping device used with an artificial arm, Europe, 1899
Gripping device which was worn on a right below elbow prosthesis by a soldier who served at the Siege of Ladysmith (1899). Probably made by Blatchford 1899. Also with the soldier's Bible
d'Arsonval electric chronometer, Paris, France, 1902
d'Arsonval electric chronometer, for measuring reflex reaction time, by Charles Verdin, Paris, 1902
Lu-Mi-Num Safety Bicycle
Safety bicycle made in France and retailed by the Lu-Min-Um Manufacturing Company, St Mary's Gate, Manchester, 1896
Vertical Compound Steam Engine with Hackworth's Valve Gear, 1898
model of inverted compound steam engine fitted with Hackworth's valve gear, scale 1:6, original made by the Brush Co for the City Road Substation of the County of London Electric Supply Co.
X-ray tube, England, 1896-1900
The "Penetrator" X-ray tube, invented by Cossor, by Cossor and Watson, 1896-1900
SS 'La Marguerite' and Edgar Tarry Adams' Boat 'Spitfire'
A photograph entitled 'SS 'La Marguerite' and Edgar Tarry Adams' Boat 'Spitfire'', taken by Edgar Tarry Adams in August 1898. The paddle steamer SS 'La Marguerite' can be seen on the horizon, whilst in the foreground a young boy, probably Adams' son, stands next to Adams' boat 'Spitfire'.
Priestman oil engine
Heat Engines (non steam)
Priestman oil engine, 1895, 3 h.p., 7" diameter x 10" stroke, incomplete, with accessories and spare parts detached, by William Dent Priestman, Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire, England, 1895
Launch of the 'Black Prince', Thames Iron Works
A photograph entitled 'Launch of the 'Black Prince', Thames Ironworks', taken by Edgar Tarry Adams in 1904. Spectators watch expectantly from the balcony above as they wait for the ship's launch.
Training Ship, 'Arethusa', Greenhithe
A photograph entitled 'Training Ship, 'Arethusa', Greenhithe', taken by Edgar Tarry Adams in July 1900.
Three women with musical instruments
A photograph of three women taken by James Arthur, c. 1900. The posed studio photograph shows the women sitting against a wooded backdrop. Two of the women hold musical instruments.
Model of a Half-Twist Surface by Alexander Crum Brown, c 1900.
Model of a half twist surface
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 Arthur Thompson from Leeds, aged twenty-three, who had two convictions for petty theft.
Woman in a rowing boat
A Kodak circular snapshot photograph of a couple in a rowing boat, taken by an unknown photographer, c. 1890. Both the man and the woman hold a pair of oars, the woman wears a striking striped dress and hat with a veil. The man sits behind her in a bowler hat.
Hammond typewriter, with braille marked keys, 1895
Printing & Writing
Hammond typewriter for the blind, c. 1895, with braille markings on keys. 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.
Plaster model of left foot deformed by foot-binding
Anatomy & Pathology
Plaster model of left foot deformed by Chinese practice of foot-binding, property of Sir James Cantlie, 1890-1891
Poster for 'Pantomimes Lumineuses'
Poster, coloured lithograph, 'Pantomimes Lumineuses Theâtre Optique de E. Reynaud' / Jules Cheret, for Musee Grevin, signed in the block and dated 1898', (framed and glazed)
Oil jar, Egypt, 1580-1350BCE
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Earthenware oil jar, Egyptian, probably New Kingdom, 1580-1350BC
Electrotherapeutic chair, London, England, 1890-1900
Electrotherapeutic chair, possibly a modified dentist's chair, probably for auto-conduction, with metal grip electrodes on chair handles, adjustment dials on back, and the remains of some electrical apparatus in panel underneath seat, by C.B. Harness, English, 1890-1900
Letter written by Dr Neill Cream while in police custody, England, 1892
Letter written from police custody by Dr Neill Cream (1850-1892), the notorious "Lambeth Poisoner", one month before his trial, English, dated 16 August 1892
Rabbit in cabbage musical automaton
Rabbit in cabbage musical automaton, by Roullet & Decamps, Paris, c1890.
The East Essex Hunt, Trinity Street, Halstead
A photograph entitled 'The East Essex Hunt, Trinity Street, Halstead', taken by Edgar Tarry Adams in March 1901. The photograph shows members of the hunt, riding through Halstead, Essex, with their dogs following.
Woman standing at a table
A photograph of a woman standing at a table, taken by James Arthur, c. 1900. The woman in this studio photograph wears and embroidered dress whilst touching a book which lays open on the table.
Launch of HMS 'Cornwallis'
A photograph entitled 'Launch of HMS 'Cornwallis' at Thames Ironworks, Blackwall', taken by Edgar Tarry Adams in July 1901.
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 Samuel Wilson, a cattle drover from Ovenden who was convicted of stealing a silver watch.
After the Fire at Laurie and McConnals, Fitzroy Street, Cambridge, with PC Smith, Ethel Mountford and Pauline in Foreground
A photograph entitled 'After the Fire at Laurie and McConnals, Fitzroy Street, Cambridge, with PC Smith, Ethel Mountford and Pauline in Foreground', taken by Edgar Tarry Adams in February 1903.
Hipp chronoscope, Neuchâtel, Switzerland,1893-1900
Psychology, Psychiatry & Anthropometry
Hipp chronoscope with key and weight and (damaged, incomplete) glass cover, by Peyer Favarger et Cie, Neuchatel, Switzerland
Handwritten talisman, Ghana, 1890-1899
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
Handwritten talisman (personal charm), found by Sir Robert Baden-Powell during English Expedition, Ashanti people, Ghana, 1890s
De Dion Bouton motor tricycle
De Dion Bouton motor tricycle, by the Motor Manufacturing Co. Coventry, 1898. This tricycle is a copy of the French machines which embodied improvements patented by Count Albert De Dion and Charles Bouton in 1895. A vertical single-cylinder air-cooled engine is mounted behind the rear axle which it drives through spur gearing.
A photograph of the Essex Yeomanry, taken by Edgar Tarry Adams, c. 1900. A group photograph of the men stood around a wagon dressed in wet weather gear.
Thames Ironworks, Blackwall
A photograph entitled 'Thames Ironworks, Blackwall', taken by Edgar Tarry Adams, c. 1900. The photograph shows a detail of the Thames Ironworks shipbuilders in Blackwall, London.
Birtac cine camera/projector
"Birtac" camera projector for 17.5mm film, made by Birt Acres in 1898; complete with handle, lens, two mantle holders and spool of positive film showing "Domestic Scene". The magazines hold 20 feet of film, sufficient for about 40 seconds of filming. The intermittent motion is of the 'dog' type.
The Ways After The Launch Of HMS 'Cornwallis' At Blackwall
A photograph entitled 'The Ways After the Launch of HMS Cornwallis at Blackwall', taken by Edgar Tarry Adams in July 1901. The photograph shows the slipway used to launch the HMS 'Cornwallis' into the River Thames at Blackwall, London.
Woman looking in a mirror
A photograph of a woman looking at herself in a mirror, taken by James Arthur, c. 1900. The woman sits in classical surroundings in this staged studio photograph.
Woman in white
A photograph of a woman in a white dress, taken by James Arthur, c. 1900. The woman in this studio photograph stands on a tiger skin rug, and holds a mask in her left hand.
Akroyd crude oil engine, 1890.
Heat Engines (non steam)
model, scale 1:8, of 6 hp Akroyd crude oil automatic ignition engine, on mahogany base; semi-diesel engine; part sectioned through cylinder.
Woman wearing a bonnet
A photograph of a woman wearing a bonnet, taken by James Arthur, c. 1900. The woman in this studio portrait stands against a backdrop painted with columns and foliage. She wears an elaborate feathered bonnet and carries a fan.
Woman in costume
A photograph of a woman in an elaborate beaded costume, taken by James Arthur, c. 1900.
Criminal record sheet
A page from a criminal record ledger compiled by the West Yorkshire police in 1901. The ledger contains portraits, personal details and criminal records of convicted criminals. This page is about Thomas Blessington, a sixteen-year-old from Bradford who was arrested for shopbreaking.
Wooden commemorative plaque, Thirsk 1892, North Eastern Railway
Miscellanea & Curiosities
North Eastern Railway commemorative plaque remembering an accident at Thirsk on November 2nd 1892. Made from a piece of carriage panel found in the debris. With letter on back from original donor. Overall: 261 mm x 365 mm x 7 mm.
Prestwich Model 1 35mm cine camera
Prestwich cine camera Model 1, c 1897. Cine camera for darkroom loading 35mm film in 70 foot loading reel. Lens is missing. Hand turned epicyclical sprocket wheel intermittent. Access to adjustable sector shutter. Adapted for printing with light trapped slots. Manufactured by Prestwich Mfg Co, 744 High Road, Tottenham, London N.
Campbell-Stokes type burning-glass sunshine recorder, 1899
Campbell-Stokes sunshine recorder by Short and Mason, 40 Hatton Garden, London, 1899
Naylor Marsaut miner's safety
Naylor Marsaut miner's safety lamp with double bifold burner, c. 1900
Ilford Special Rapid Plates
Packet of unopened Ilford special rapid plates.
Hand and Machine Tools
Turner's square, by Holtzapffel and Company, London, England, 1895
Pressed glass celery vase
Pressed glass celery vase no. 168130 made by Percival and Vickers, Manchester, c.1891
Roller-blind "Time" shutter made by Thornton-Pickard Limited.
Parson's no. 2 geared turbine fitted to a launch, with two explanatory diagrams
Marine steam turbine reduction gearing from the first geared turbine vessel, engine fitted in 1897 by Parsons Marine Steam Turbine Company Limited, Wallsend, c.1897, with table (see note)
Kodak No. 3 Roll Film Camera, 1890
Kodak No. 3 roll-film camera, 1890. Overall: 145 mm x 110 mm x 300 mm, 1.562kg.