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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
Poster for the National Palace Theatre of Varieties
A Music Hall poster for the National Palace Theatre of Varieties, Croydon, printed by H R Grubb, c. 1901. The poster advertises the acts for the week beginning Monday 12th October, top of the bill is ' Mr R W Paul's Theatrograph'. Other acts include 'Miss Minnie Cunningham, The Charming Dancer', 'The Sisters Moore, Duettists' and 'Mr Dan Conroy, Eccentric Comedian'.
Williamson 35mm cine camera
For 35mm film in internal 300' magazines. Lens missing; second lens tube fitted above standard; double gate, sperated by one frame. Additional mechanism, incomplete, operating guillotine shutters in each gate. Hand turned; footage and fps dials; critical focusing through film (cap missing). Claw intermittent and two sprockets. 'Binocular' mask.
Sterling spark transmitter and key for use on aircraft, c.1915
Sterling spark transmitter and key, by W/T factory, W.D. Southgate, British, c.1915. Used in very early aircraft wireless during the First World War. The Sterling tuned spark gap wireless transmitter operated on the frequency range of 100-260 metres. The transmitter's output of 30-40 Watts fed to the 120 feet of trailing aerial gave it an operating range of 8-10 miles. The set was usually mounted on a tray on the side of the aircraft fuselage. The trailing aerial of stranded copper wire with a 3Ib weight on the end was spooled out either from the side of aircraft fuselage alongside the wireless set or through an insulated gland in the floor.
Pakistan Railways steam locomotive
Locomotives and Rolling Stock
Pakistan Railways steam locomotive, no. 3157, made at the Vulcan Foundry, Newton-le-Willows, c. 1911, with accompanying illustrative transfers.
Kinemacolor cine camera made by Moy and Bastie to Charles Urban's design
Kinemacolor camera built by Moy & Bastie in 1909 to specification of Charles Urban and G A Smith (crank handle and screws missing). Ross Xpress Patent lens 1:4.5, Serial No 85973.
English lever reversing pinion pocket watch with dial
English lever reversing pinion pocket watch with sunk seconds dial, movement numbered 509148, signed S. Fagot, Treharris, on dial, in silver case hallmarked Chester 1900 signed TPH and numbered 496388, with winding key
Timer for gas street lamp
Timer for gas street lamp, made by the Horstmann Gear Co. Ltd, Bath, c.1900.
Recording Rain Gauge by Negretti and Zambra
Recording rain gauge by Negretti and Zambra, 1897.
Page 1 from Romanov snapshot album no. 2
Page 1 from snapshot photograph album no. 2 of the Russian Imperial Royal Family (Romanov). Compiled by Herbert Galloway Stewart (1866-1960). From 1908 to 1917 Galloway Stewart was English tutor to the sons of Grand Duke Alexander and Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna, sister of Tsar Nicholas II. Each page consists of four photographs, each mounted through pre-cut aperture. The photographs are numbered from top to bottom, left to right.
Horizontal Tandem Compound Engine, c. 1910
model, scale 1:12, of horizontal tandem compound condensing engine, c. 1910
2 cylinder motor car with hot tube ignition
Daimler, 2 cylinder motor car with hot tube ignition, built by the Motor Manufacturing Company, 1897-1899. The Daimler engine patents, which were of fundamental importance in the early development of the motor car, were exploited in England, not only by the Daimler Motor Co. Ltd. but also, under licence, by the Motor Manufacturing Company. This motor car was produced by this firm and closely follows Daimler practice of that time. It has a two-cylinder engine with chain drive from a counter-shaft to sprocket on wheels on both sides of the rear axle. A cone-type clutch is used. The gears give three speeds forward and three speeds in reverse. The cooling radiator is under the body at the rear and the wheels are fitted with pneumatic tyres.
Ford Model T car
Ford Model T motor car, assembled at the Ford Trafford Park production line, Manchester, 1912.
'Lucky Jim' toy cat mascot
'Lucky Jim' toy cat mascot, formerly owned by Jack Alcock and with him during the first non-stop transatlantic flight in 1919.
Photograph of a radiograph of hand taken by Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen, Germany, 1895
Photograph of a radiograph of a hand, covered with glass, taken by Roentgen, Wurzburg, Germany, 1895
Turning Capstan at Deal
A photograph entitled 'Turning Capstan at Deal', taken by Edgar Tarry Adams, c. 1900. The photograph shows a group of women and children, probably members of the Adams family, turning the capstan on the beach at Deal in Kent. An old man pushes the lever whilst some small children help.
Potain type sphygmomanometer, Paris, France, 1898-1910
Potain sphygmomanometer, in case, which belonged to T. Lauder Brenton. Made by Charles Verdin and G. Boulitte Sr, 7 rue Linne, Paris, France, 1898-1910.
London Types: A Flower Seller
A photochrom postcard entitled 'London Types: A Flower Seller', published in 'London In Colour Photography' by The Photochrom Company Limited, London in about 1914. The postcard shows a woman selling flowers on the street.
Woman at a piano
A photograph of a woman at a piano, taken by James Arthur in 1898. the woman has turned away from the piano and reads a book on her lap.
Woman in an outdoor scene
A photograph of a woman in an outdoor scene, taken by James Arthur in 1897. The woman in this studio photograph stands in front of a painted backdrop showing a river scene
Debrie 'Le Parvo' 35mm Cine Camera
Debrie Parvo cine camera modified for two colour process. Series 9, No 43. By J Debrie, Paris. For 35mm film in internal magazine. Krauss Zeiss Tessar lens, f/3.5 F:50mm, Serial No 84933. For Kinemacolor or similar process; red/orange and green filter wheel behind lens. Hand turned; optical frame finder; through-film focusing; footage and fps counters, 1908
Prosthetic arm, London, 1903-1913
Arm made for a 16 year old girl with a congenital right below elbow amputation, (transverse terminal hemimelia). Because of limited elbow flexion a free-swinging leather cup socket was fitted. The forearm is connected to a lace-up arm corset by side steels thus providing the wearer with full flexion. There is an oval wrist and the rotary face has a 'key-fitting' for a wooden hand with articulated fingers and tenon thumb. In the palm there is a box-fitting to hold eating utensils and other devices. A small plain carrying-hook is in situ. Suspension is by means of a leather shoulder saddle and single strap designed to pass under the opposite axilla. Made by C.A. Hoefftoke, London c.1908.
Williamson Cinematograph Camera
Williamson cinematograph camera. Manufactured by The Williamson Kinematograph Co. Ltd., London and Brighton. 'English Pattern' upright cine camera for 35mm film in internal 300 foot magazines. Zeiss Tessar lens F:5cm f/3.5, Serial No 116208; fixed sector shutter; claw mechanism, two continuous sprockets. Helical focusing mount. Critical focusing through rear of gate; Vinten matte celluloid focusing screen and circle and binocular mattes in clip inside door. Footage counter (pointer missing) shoe fitting for viewfinder; carrying strap broken. Hand turned; single frame shaft. (Handle inside).A Vinten matte celluloid focusing screen (and circular and binocular mattes) are in the clip inside the door.
Ensign Optiscope Number 6 projector
Ensign Optiscope No 6 lantern slide projector. For 3 1/4 x 3 1/4 inch slides. Aldis Uno projection lens F:10 inch; all metal; bellows lens extensions, with two wooden slide carriers (stamped RRD). This is a projector for 3 1/4 inch square slides. It has an Aldis Uno 10" projection lens mounted in a panel on two rods and with bellows that can be extended. The lamphouse has an ES bulb holder, secured by a wing screw underneath its base. The projector comes with two wooden slide carriers. The projector can be pivited on the base and secured by means of the chrome lever. Power is controlled with an on/off switch on the base.
Kineoptoscope projector mechanism
Riley 'Kineoptoscope' projector mechanism, (1896). Designed by Cecil Wray of the Bradford magic lantern manufacturers, Riley Brothers. Wray's Patent Number 119. Handle turns double-toothed claw mechanism engaging perforations on the film and advancing it one frame for each downward stroke.
Textile Testing Equipment; Magnifying Glass
textile testing equipment, magnifying glass. Small microscope with the inscription 'Germany Maschinenspinne 8121'. Complete with purple velvet lined presentation box; top inscription 'John Nesbitt Ltd, Manchester', interior inscription 'Counting Glass 8121, made in Germany'.
Harmonograph by Newton, 1909.
Harmonograph, by Newton & Co., two pendulums on 3 legged wooden stand, extension with a sliding ball for upper end of one pendulum, two heavy sliding weights with screw clamps and extra smaller weights, glass writing pen
Universal Special Pattern B camera
Newman & Guardia Universal Special Pattern box-form plate camera for 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 inch plates. Serial No SB494. Fitted with an Anastigmat lens F:285mm f/12.5-45, convertible. Newman & Guardia shutter 2/4/8/16/32/64/100. Sliding rising and cross front. Rack and pinion focusing, double extension. Two reflecting finders, with hoods and frames for alternative focal length. Two pairs of spirit levels. Bag type plate changer. Ground glass focusing screen. Newman and Guardia. Overall (deployed): 160 mm x 135 mm x 335 mm.
Great Eastern Locomotive, No 87
Locomotives and Rolling Stock
Steam tank locomotive, Great Eastern Railway, 0-6-0T No 87, designed by J. Holden, built at Stratford in 1904, withdrawn 1959.
‘Griffith’ foot-operated vacuum cleaner
‘Griffith’ foot-operated vacuum cleaner (Patent No. 21,304), designed by Walter Griffith, unsigned, Europe, 1905
Corona folding portable typewriter, 1912
Printing & Writing
Corona folding portable typewriter, 1912
Brownie Automatic Camera
Eastman Kodak Brownie Automatic folding box form camera.
A Singer model 66 lock stitch oscillating hook sewing machin
Model 66 lock stitch oscillating hook sewing machine,Branded 'Twentieth century', sectioned and mounted above a mirror, Singer Manufacturing Company, 1908-1909.
Brass Bell Weights
Weighing & Measuring
Set of 10 brass bell weights by W.&.T. Avery Ltd. Weights are: 1/4oz; 1/2oz; 1oz; 2oz; 4oz; 8oz; 1lb; 2lbs; 4lbs; 7lbs.
'Al-Vista' panoramic camera
'Al-Vista' panoramic camera made by Multiscope & Film Co, Burlington, USA in around 1898.
Gatchina, at the Boathouse
Black and white photograph entitled 'Gatchina, at the Boathouse'. The photograph shows H. I. H. The Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna rowing a boat with Miss Coster sat at the rear and H. H. Prince Vasili Alexandrovitch between them. Taken by Herbert Galloway Stewart on the boating lake at Gatchina Palace, St. Petersburg, in May 1912. From page 23 of snapshot photograph album number 7 of the Russian Imperial Royal Family, compiled by Herbert Galloway Stewart (1866-1960).
Black and white photograph by Herbert Galloway Stewart, entitled 'Making Cakes', St Petersburg, August 1909. Pictured L-R: HH The Prince Nikita Alexandrovitch, HIH The Grand Duchess Olga Nicholaivna, HIH The Grand Duchess Tatiana Nicholaivna and HH The Princess Irina Alexandrovna at Peterhof. From a snapshot photographs album compiled by Herbert Galloway Stewart, English tutor to the sons of Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich and Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna of Russia.
Dynamo in display case
Dynamo in display case, made by J. H Humphreys & Sons Ltd, with associated archival material, 1896.
Skegness is SO Bracing
Railway Posters, Notices & Handbills
Poster, Great Northern Railway. 'Skegness is So Bracing' by John Hassall, 1908. Jolly fisherman, with hands facing downwards, running along beach. 2070 x 1345mm.
East Coast Route
Railway Posters, Notices & Handbills
Poster, Great Northern Railway, North Eastern Railway & North British Railway, England & Scotland - East Coast Route. 1900s
Launch Of HMS 'Albion' At Blackwall
A photograph entitled 'Launch Of HMS Albion At Blackwall', taken by Edgar Tarry Adams in June 1898. The photograph was taken from the slipway immediately after the ship's launch at the Thames Iron Works, Blackwall, London.
Seated woman drinking tea
A photograph of a woman seated at a table, taken by James Arthur, c. 1900. The woman rests with her feet on a cushion.
Automatic tea-making machine
Automatic tea-making machine, comprising wooden base which holds the alarm clock, kettle tilter and methylated spirit stove, with flat oval-shaped copper kettle, patented by Frank Clarke of Birmingham, in 1902 (pat.15,170) and made by the Automatic Water Boiler Co., Birmingham, England, 1902-1910.
Kollmann-type urethral dilator
Kollman's urethral dilator, nickel plated brass, by Down Bros., London, 1901-1915
Moy and Bastie 35m Patent Cinematograph Camera
Moy and Bastie Patent 35mm Cinematograph camera, 1909-1910, Patent Number 4534.
Picht braille typewriter, c. 1899
Printing & Writing
Picht Braille typewriter, c. 1899. The machine used 9" wide paper that was fed on a wooden drum. The keys were made of wood with metal dots indicating the dot position on the front of each key. The machine consists of six keys in a fan shape, which one can simultaneously press, every key presses the six Braille dots on the paper.
Halstead Brewery Wagon
A photograph entitled 'Halstead Brewery Wagon', taken by Edgar Tarry Adams, c. 1900. The photograph shows a wagon converted to look like a beer bottle, parked outside Adams' Brewery in Halstead, Essex. Edgar Tarry Adams lived in the house next to the family brewery.