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‘Alpine Spa’ slimming pills, London, England, 1908-1950
Materia Medica & Pharmacology
One of two cartons of slimming pills, by Savory and Moore Ltd., English
"Brownie" Crystal Receiver Set No. 2, c.1925
Crystal wireless set, No. 2 model manufactured by Brownie Wireless Company. No headphones, c. 1924
Cot plaque from Great Ormond Street Hospital
Nursing & Hospital Furnishings
Cot plaque from Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children, 1900-1904, the Gladys Dean Paul cot, London, England
Mechanical hearing aid
Brune-Sedeyn mechanical hearing aid, silver, by the Naturton Company, London, 1935-1936
Envelope for rubber catheter
Materia Medica & Pharmacology
Original envelope for rubber catheter from 'Tabloid" medicine chest, style 260, supplied to 1938 Everest Expedition, prepared by Burroughs Wellcome and Co. (The Wellcome Foundation Ltd.), London 1937-1938
Maxim's 'Pipe of Peace', 1909-1910
One of two boxed sets of Maxim's inhaler, Sir Hiram Maxims "Pipe of Peace", with drug prepared by John Morgan Richards and Sons Ltd., London, 1909-1910
Drinker-type iron lung respirator, London, England, 1930-1939
Drinker iron lung respirator, by Siebe Gorman and Co. Ltd., London, 1930s
Quarter-plate `Cameo' camera used to take 'second phase' of Cottingley Fairies photographs, 1918-1920
Quarter-plate `Cameo' camera manufactured by W Butcher & Sons, London, 1915-1920, used to make a `second phase' of `Cottingley fairies' photographs between 1918 and 1920. Lukos II symmetrical lens back, made by Wollensak Optical Co. of USA.
'Midg' Camera Used to Make the First Two `Cottingley fairies' Photographs in 1917
Quarter-plate `Midg' camera manufactured by W Butcher & Sons, London, 1902-1920, used by Elsie Wright and Frances Griffiths to make the first two `Cottingley fairies' photographs in 1917.
Kymograph, on table, by C.F. Palmer and Co., London, 1925-1935, used by Sir Henry Dale, 1930-1940
Pneumothorax apparatus for injecting gas into the thoracic cavity in order to collapse the lung. This was a widely used treatment for TB before the discovery of effective antibiotics. Collapsing the lung allowed it to heal more easily. Made by Genito-Urinary Ltd., London, early 20th century
home built 405-line television receiver, 1951-1953
Home-built 405-line television receiver with 7 inch screen constructed by electrical engineer J Hueting of Peckham, London, England, about 1952. Assembled using an ad-hoc assortment of electronic parts. Similarly the cabinet is constructed from scrap wood and metal collected at the time.
Rexophone crystal set with two pairs of Telefunken headphones (out of three), 1923-1930
Rexophone crystal set manufactured by Morch Borthers Limited, London, 1924-1930. Complete with 3 pairs of headphones manufactuered by Telefunken, Germany, 1923-1930. The radio set used tapped inductance tuning and came in a mahogany cabinet with lid, a ‘Xylonite’ control panel available in different colours with imitation marble control knobs and nickel-plated fittings. Gold-plated fittings were supplied for an extra 5/-. It came with terminals for two pairs of headphones and had operating instructions inside the lid. The detector was twin-enclosed cats whiskers / galena detectors with a selector switch on the panel.
Twelve 'Tabloid' sanitary towels, London, England, 1910-1940
Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Contraception
Twelve "Tabloid" pleated compressed sanitary towels with attachment, size number 3, by Burroughs Wellcome and Co., 1910-1940
Chronometer escapement in domed glazed case by William T. Heyes
Chronometer escapement mounted as an exhibition model and housed in a domed glazed case. Made by William T. Hayes.
Canvas cover for 'Tabloid' first aid super pocket kit used on US Antarctic expedition
Materia Medica & Pharmacology
Waterproof canvas cover with tabloid first aid super pocket kit, by Burroughs Wellcome & Co (USA) Inc, used by Finn Ronne on U.S. Antarctic expedition of 1939-1941, with letter about the kit from Burroughs Wellcome
Artificial left arm, United Kingdom, 1914-1916
Arm for a long left below elbow stump. Soft leather socket with 'U-shaped' jointed side steels incorporating a sliding elbow lock, sited on the outer side and fitted to an adjustable leather upper arm 'corset' with wide front aperture. The terminal device has a spline fitting allowing it to be locked or to rotate freely. This is a double hook incorporating a circular hole above, probably for agricultural use. Probably made by Anderson & Whitelaw c.1914-1916.
Specimen of television cable, 1936
Specimen of twin-wire balanced lead-covered television cable with conductors kinked at intervals, made by Siemens Brothers & Co Ltd, Woolwich, London, SE18, British, 1936.
throat microphone from Wireless Set No. 38, 1939-1945
Throat microphone from wireless set no. 38 Mk. II serial no. 6319, unknown maker, British, 1939-1945
Demonstration radio receiver
Demonstration broadcast receiver, unsigned, United Kingdom, 1926
McKay artificial left arm
A McKay all-metal arm for a left above elbow amputation, designed for heavy work. Duralumin socket and forearm, connected by jointed side steels. The elbow joint operates around a metal arc with holes for six locking positions. The lock may be released and kept free by means of a crude gate-hinged device which fits onto a projecting pin on the side steel. The wrist rotary has a snap fitting mechanism, for easy removal of the hand, or any other terminal device. The eyelet holes, in the front of the socket and forearm, are for elastic laces which act as an elbow 'pick-up' and as a clothing protector. This prosthesis is fitted with an all-rubber hand and heavy-duty harness appendages. Made by McKay on 28 April 1920. N.B. The name on the arm label refers to James Morrison who had a financial interest in the McKay business. (Weight: 2.25 lbs 1.25 kg)
telephone operator's chair, 1930-1960
Telephone operator's chair, unknown maker for the General Post Office, British, 1930-1960
Protective face mask, United Kingdom, 1917-1918
Protective mask, leather and chain mail, worn by tank crews, probably British, 1917-1918
'Post Office Telephones automatic telephone tones' gramophone record
Single sided 10 inch gramophone record, 'His Masters's Voice: Post Office Telephones: Automatic telephone tones'. Number OTP 5725, ref no JHS 15, made by the Gramophone Company Limited, England, 1930-1960.
enamelled notice regarding stone throwing, 1910-1936
Enamelled notice "Persons throwing stones at the telegraph will be prosecuted", unknown maker for the General Post Office, British, 1910-1936
'Radio at a glance' chart, 1925-1935
Rotating chart, "Radio at a glance", unknown maker, British, 1925-1935
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
Amulet, tin and copper(?), shamrock, probably 1918
Experimental television receiver used by JL Baird in demonstration, made 1925-1926
Television receiving apparatus, made by John Logie Baird, British, made 1925-1926. Used by Baird in the demonstration given by him to members of the Royal Institution and others at Baird’s laboratories at 22 Frith Street, Soho, on 26 January 1926. It consists of a disc, perforated with 30 holes in a spiral, which is arranged to rotate at the same time as a picture scanning disk at the transmitting end. The signals from the transmitter vary in intensity and were sent to the neon lamp in the receiver, where they were made to modulate the light from the neon lamp.
Wooden case for throat swab
Wooden case for swab. Label printed with the following text: 'Kent County Council. Diphtheria Diagnosis Outfit. The content of the enclosed tube have been sterilised'. Supplied by Kent County Council, early 20th century, for diphtheria diagnosis
Marconi-Sykes Magnetophone, Serial Number 271376, made by Marconi's Wireless Telegraphy Company Limited, probably Chelmsford, Essex, England, 1923. Very early moving coil microphone, DC energised. Uses the large flat coil as the diaphragm. Used at Savoy Hill, mounted in the 'Meat Safe' microphone stand. This example missing the coil.
Radio tuning coil No. 750, 1922-1923
Burndept plug-in inductance coil No. 750, made by Burndept Limited, Blackheath, London, England, 1922-1923.
Penguin book, 'The Napolean of Notting Hill', by G
Penguin book, 'The Napolean of Notting Hill', by G. K. Chesterton (first published 1904). First Penguin, this edition 1946. Penguin Books, Harmondsworth, Middlesex. Made and printed in Great Britain for Penguin Books Limited by Wyman and Sons Ltd., London, Fakenham and Reading.
Burroughs Class 4 1000 hand operated adding and listing machine
Burroughs Class 4 1000 hand operated adding and listing machine with keyboard for Sterling currency, serial number 4-1282626 with bag
Burroughs hand operated adding and listing machine
Burroughs hand operated adding and listing machine, with keyboard for sterling currency, serial no. 1-349838.
English teddy bear: golden mohair
Materials Science Gallery
English teddy bear: golden mohair
Watson varifocal zoom lens model 75/6.7, 1948
Watson varifocal lens Model 75/6.7 (No 206), manufactured by Watson & Son, Barnet, London, England, 1948. Watson varifocal lens Model 75/6.7 (No 206). Example of a television camera zoom lens, to fit a Pye Mark III camera. Used to film the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.
Ceramic saucer, London & North Eastern Railway
Saucer, ceramic, by Mintons, London & North Eastern Railway, plain white, LNER script monogram on rim
Xenon lamp from photic stimulator (stroboscope)
Psychology, Psychiatry & Anthropometry
Xenon lamp from a photic stimulator (stroboscope), made by Scophony of Wells in 1950. Used at the Burden Neurological Institute. Flashes were produced singly or repetitively up to a rate of about 30 flashes per second by the discharge of a capacitor. Connects to socket on the front of the control unit (2001-184/3).
May ophtalmoscope from Klinostik diagnostic set
May Ophtalmoscope, by Weiss London, part of "Klinostik" diagnostic set by Gowllands, England, 1930-1960
Handle, part of "Klinostik" diagnostic set
Handle part of "Klinostik" diagnostic set by Gowllands, England, 1930-1960
Glass medicine spoon
Glass medicine spoon, made in Czechoslovakia, supplied by Savory and Moore Ltd., 1901-1940
Public telephone sign
National Telephone Company enamel sign for a public telephone, made in around 1905.
cylindrical slide rule
Otis King's calculator (type C) with instruction leaflet, made by Carbic Ltd, 1960.
manual telephone exchange
Floor-standing telephone exchange made by Allmänna Telefonaktiebolaget L. M. Ericsson, Stockholm c. 1920.
telephone pole finial
Aluminium finial for telephone pole, made in around 1960.
Silk scarf, `Festival of Britain' design, with Fes
Silk scarf, `Festival of Britain' design, with Festival emblem pattern, 1951
Festival Pattern Group Wallpaper
Large hand screen-printed wallpaper sample in grey, lilac and black with Insulin 8.27 pattern, crystallographer Dorothy Hodgkin, designer William J. Odell, made by John Line and Sons Ltd. Design was in production in 1951 and was used in the Regatta Restaurant. From a collection of 83 samples designed for the 1951 Festival of Britain.