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'London model 29' monocular microscope by R. & J.
'London model 29' monocular microscope by R. & J. Beck Ltd., London, patent no. 336063, fitted with 4mm objective lens (with non-standard screw thread), x20 wide-field eyepiece surmounted by an angled mirror (for use as a microprojector), plane and concave substage mirror, substage condenser, and adjustable stop to prevent objective lens coming into contact with the slide
Thermochrom Crayons (Pencils),. 1950-53
Set of 12 thermochrom pencils in a box, by A.W. Faber-Castell, Stein, Nuremburg, Germany, 1950-53. Used for checking surface temperature by colour change on contact with surface, 65-600°C.
Fluorescence lamp model 16, portable lamp for ultr
Fluorescence lamp model 16, portable lamp for ultraviolet actinotherapy, by Hanovia, Slough, c.1955
'Glow Baby' electric bed heater
'Glow Baby' electric bed heater, with original cardboard box, made by Bradley & Burch Ltd, London, c. 1955.
'Fearless' Hard-Tyre Cine Camera Dolly
'Fearless' hard-tyre camera dolly No 21 for use with Mitchell VistaVision cine camera No 30, made by Raby Manfacturing, 1953-1959. Used by EON Productions Ltd. Cast manufacturers plate reads 'RABY MANUFACTURING CO HOLLYWOOD / PAT 2073398'.
Model, scale 1:12, of stationary steam boiler, c.1948
Scale 1:12 model of Paxman Economic boiler, as built by Davey, Paxman & Co. Ltd, Colchester, England, c.1910. Model built by John B. Thorp of London, and mounted in display case.
Passengers inside double decker train at Charing Cross, London
A photograph of passengers inside a double-decker train at Charing Cross station, London, taken in November 1949 by an unknown photographer for the Daily Herald.
A photograph of Diana Dors, taken in July 1958 by R Powell for the Daily Herald. Diana Dors (1931-1984) was a British actress known for her 1950s 'blonde bombshell' style.
Kodak Brownie Turret movie camera
For doublerun 8mm film, 25' reels; Kodak Cine Ektanon lens F:13mm f/1.9, with converters for telephoto and wide angle. Clockwork drive; folding optical frame finder, parallax compensated. H 10207.
Supersonic' by Roy Nockolds, c.1948-1952. Oil on canvas, initialled bottom right. Semi-abstract view in blues and reds showing movement of an aircraft through a soundwave.
Spray bottle of compound flavazole and penicillin
Empty bottle with spray attachment, of compound flavazole and penicillin powder, by Boots Pure Drug Co., England, 1948-1952
Mercedes Addelectra accounting machine, 1948, seri
Mercedes Addelectra accounting machine, 1948, serial no. 22912, with thirteen detachable totaliser boxes
Du Bois-Reymond induction coil, by C.F. Palmer Ltd
Du Bois-Reymond induction coil, by C.F. Palmer Ltd., London, c1959. Unused surplus apparatus donated by the manufacturer when it shut down.
Medal, the Royal Medal [of the Royal Society, Lond
Coins, Medals & Tokens
Medal, the Royal Medal [of the Royal Society, London], awarded to George Paget Thomson, . Gold; 72mm diameter, 7mm ht, in red leather Royal Mint case, 12.2x12.2x3cm. Weight 296.06g. obverse: Georgivs VI Rex: Soc: Reg: Lond: Patronvs MCMXXXVII [ 1937]; relief profile Head to L of King George VI, initialled HP. reverse: Regis Mvnificentia Arbitrio Societatis; relief statue of Isaac Newton, and diagrams. rim legend: Sir George Thomson, F.R.S. rim gold markstamped
Fountain George Page, 'Shrimp'
10 May 1956
Silver gelatin contact print by the Daily Herald, dated 10 May 1956. Image shows 'Fountain George Page, age 66, known as 'Shrimp' to everyone who knew him as a boy and who as a boy acted as an artist model to Sir Alfred Munnings. George is to meet Sir Alfred Munnings shortly.'
Alexander Performance Test, a performance test for
Psychology, Psychiatry & Anthropometry
Alexander Performance Test, a performance test for children, 7.0 to 19.11 years old, invented by W.P. Alexander in 1946 and published by Nelson and Sons Ltd in 1946.
Working scale model of the 1827 Goldsworthy Gurney steam coach
Working scale 1/8":1ft model of the 1827 Goldsworthy Gurney steam coach, by S.T. Harris, British and finished and painted by Science Museum Workshops, South Kensington, London, England, 1958. S.T. Harris constructed the model from the original Patent drawings.
Murphy model A104 radio receiver, by Murphy Radio
Murphy model A104 radio receiver, by Murphy Radio Limited, Murphy Radio Limited, 1944-1948. Restored 1981. 5-valve domestic receiver of advanced flat baffle design and incorporating optically-projected scale for short wave band.
Pharmaceutical Fermenter Used in the Development of Semisynthetic Penicillins
Fermenter, capacity 300 litres, installed 1957 at Beecham Pharmaceuticals, made by Burnett & Rolfe Ltd, Rochester, Kent, England. Used at pilot plant for the production of 6-Aminopenicillanic acid.
3D glasses for 'Bwana Devil'
Pair of polarised 3D glasses to be worn whilst watching the film 'Bwana Devil', 1952.
Kolster Brandes Royal Star television receiver
KB PVP20 'Royal Star' 17" monochrome television receiver.
A crowd of people waiting to take a photograph
A photograph showing a crowd of people waiting to take a snapshot photograph, taken in 1950 by F Greaves for the Daily Herald.
Avis Scott poses in front of a 3-D television camera
A photograph of actress and television announcer Avis Scott (1927-2010) in front of a 3-D camera, taken in August 1954 by F Greaves for the Daily Herald. The caption read '3D Television at Radio Show, Earls Court Today. People at the Radio Show, Earls Court watched through 3D spectacles as TV's Miss Avis Scott poses before a 3D TV camera'.
Cambridge electrite direct-writing electrocardiograph machine
Cambridge electrite direct-writing electrocardiograph machine, by Cambridge Instrument Co. Ltd., Cambridge, 1950
Houses of Parliament
A Dufaycolor colour transparency of the River Thames and the Houses of Parliament in London, taken by an unknown photographer in about 1945.
Vaccine made from calf lymph, London, England, 1956
Public Health & Hygiene
Ampoule of calf vaccine lymph in original carton by the Jenner Institute for Calf Lymph, Ltd., 73, 75 and 77, Battersea, Church Rd SW11, English, 1956
Silver gelatin print, by Andre de Dienes. Model and actress Vikki Dougan (b. 1929). Photographer's stamp on verso.
L.G. Hawkins 'Supreme' Electric Hair Dryer
L.G. Hawkins 'Supreme' Electric Hair Dryer, 550W, 220-250V (type C. LGH 95722), by L G Hawkins and Company Limited, England, 1947-1949
Gas-Fuelled 'Slaxon' Wash Boiler
Gas-fuelled 'Slaxon' wash boiler (washing machine) with manual agitator and 'Acme' wringer, c.1949.
Coins, Medals & Tokens
Medal commemorating the launch of USS Nautilus, January 21, 1954 with box. Bronze; diameter 39mm. rim legend: Medallic Art Co. New York. obverse legend: U.S.S. Nautilus / World's First Nuclear Powered Vessel. obverse design: relief submarine over atomic symbol. reverse legend: Electric Boat Division / General Dynamics Corporation. Launched January 21, 1954 sponsored by Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower. relief design: motifs of submarine above pin, GD logo below pin
Automaton 'Dan Dare' pocket watch.
Automaton 'Dan Dare' pocket watch with pin-pallet lever escapement by Ingersoll Ltd., Great Britain, 1953. The dial shows a helmeted Dan Dare holding a ray gun, with a monster approaching. The emblem of the 'Eagle' children's comic is impressed in the back of case.
Model of Frankl Regenerator Packing for Heat Exchanger, 1950
Model to illustrate the heat exchanger used in a Frankl regenerator, made by Science Museum, workshops and The British Oxygen Company Limited, England, 1950.
Shirley Wellard "Universal" Film Cassette
Shirley Wellard "Universal" 35mm cassette in box.
Maintenance schedule for steam locomotives, British Railways
Fixtures & Fittings from Railway Buildings
Maintenance schedule for steam locomotives, on rollers in glazed wall-mounted case, ex Low Moor MPD, British Railways, c1955.
Passap M 201 flat bed domestic knitting machine, c
Passap M 201 flat bed domestic knitting machine, c. 1950; complete with accessories and operating instructions.
Neuron compartment from Ferranti Sirius computer
Computing & Data Processing
Neuron compartment, from Ferranti Sirius computer, Ferranti Limited, Manchester, England, United Kingdom, 1959
Railway Posters, Notices & Handbills
Poster, British Railways (North Eastern Region), Yorkshire Dales by Frank Sherwin, 1952. Coloured lithograph depicting the scene looking across a river valley to a church and a small village, with hills beyond. Accompanying text reads "A land of narrow valleys and attractive villages, of heather-covered hills and moors, of ancient abbeys and castles, the principal dales are readily accessible by rail and form a holiday paradise for walkers, anglers and all who prefer the quieter place. Train services and fares from British Railways stations, offices and agencies". Format double royal. Printed by Chorley & Pickersgill.
Moll-Gorczynski pyranometer, reportedly by Kipp and Zonen
Moll-Gorczynski pyranometer, reportedly by Kipp and Zonen, Delft, 1957
Canon IIB camera
Canon camera, made in occupied Japan. Leica 'lookalike' camera for 35mm film. Seranar f3.5 F:5cm lens No 11873. Focal plane shutter 1-1/500 sec. Coupled coincidence rangefinder. No 25524. Overall: 70 mm x 145 mm x 50 mm.
"Eddystone" 680/2A communications receiver, Birmingham, 1955
"Eddystone" 680/2A communications receiver; Stratton and Co, Birmingham, 1955
Artificial right leg, Paris, France, 1946
"Stabilax" right above knee prosthesis. There is a two-piece shin and a 4-bar linkage in the knee. Only when there is pressure on the toe does the knee flex. When the heel strikes the ground the knee is locked. Made by Juenin Hanger, Paris 1946. (Weight: 6.75 lbs 3 kg).
A photograph of British heavyweight boxer Jack London (1913-1963), taken by an unknown photographer for the Daily Herald newspaper on 15 September, 1944.
MCR1 'Biscuit Tin' Radio Receiver
'Biscuit Tin' radio, British Government Miniature Communications Receiver, Mark 1 (MCR1), 1943. Box containing two receivers, two PSU and two extra tuning coil units. Came from BBC receiver section, Balham. System covers 150KHz to 15MHz in 4 bands (4 x different plug-in coil units). Mains/battery. Headphones out.
16-ton mineral wagon
Locomotives and Rolling Stock
Railway wagon, British Railways, 16T mineral wagon, No B227009, 1955.