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Child-sized copy of Webb lawnmower, 1960s
Child's copy of Webb lawnmower, 1960s
Tessina camera. Subminiature camera for 35mm film 14 x 21mm. Coated tessinon lens F: 25mm f 2.8-22. 2 blade shutter 2/4/8/15/30/60/125/250/500/B/X/F/M flash synchronisation. Coaxial socket. Clockwork motor for automatic wind on. Reflex focusing viewfinder, adjustable to 1 foot, depth of field indicator. Collapsing sports finder, optical type. Film at right angle to optical path of lens. Pictures taken via surface of a silvered mirror. With wrist strap. Manufactured by Concava AG, Switzerland. c.1961
Reynaud's Praxinoscope Theatre
Reynaud's Praxinoscope Theatre, c.1879. Emile Reynauld, Paris. Box opening and errecting to carry mirror drum with twelve facets; black background picture bands fit around circumference. Image viewed through hole in upright lid, seen through glass plate in which is reflected interchangeable background and foreground scene; the galss set in theatre style proscenium. Instructions pasted on lower proscenium panel. Candle holder and shade missing. With four bands; girl blowing bubbles (fitted in drum); leapfrog; girl skipping; boy foot-juggling. Background/foreground cards; circus; country house; background only; snow scene. Three advertising cards for - Praxinoscope, Projection Praxinoscope, Praxinoscope Theatre. Reproduction candle shade, made by Science Museum from original in BFI, in 1956.
Super Astronaut Robot with box packaging
Super astronaut robot with box packaging, manufactured by Horikawa, Japan, 1970s
Folding joiner's work bench
Hand and Machine Tools
Folding joiner's bench, the fore runner of the 'workmate' bench;c1969
Ilford Advocate camera, Series II
Ilford Advocate camera, No 1919-6985. Solid body for 35mm film 24 x 36mm. With a coated Dallmeyer Anastigmat lens F:35mm f/3.5-22, No.439410. Behind lens 2 blade shutter with capping blade, 25/50/100/150/200/B. Direct vision optical finder. Two-pin socket flash contact. Helical focusing. White stove enameled finish, matt plated shutter and aperture rings. Similar to 1990-5036/3996. Ilford Ltd.
Imperial Typewriter Model 60, c.1951
Printing & Writing
Imperial typewriter model 60, serial number 6A 25075, c. 1951. Serial number 6A 25075 can be dated to c.1951.
Thorens 'Riviera' clockwork dry shaver
Hand and Machine Tools
Thorens 'Riviera' clockwork dry shaver (razor), registered design number 876,564
Model of 'Bluebird K7', World Water Speed Record contender, 1955
Model, scale 1:6, of the motor-boat 'Bluebird K7', 1954. Promotional, trade, whole model of 'Bluebird K7', World Water Speed Record contender, 1955. Scale 1:6 The model shows the tail fin added in 1958. The boat was designed by Ken and Lou Norris, the frame built by Accles and Pollock, and building completed by Samlesbury Engineering.
Mercury nitrogen-filled immersion thermometer
Mercury nitrogen-filled immersion thermometer, measuring in the range 0-400 degrees Centigrade, made by G. H. Zeal Limited, London, 1952
High-speed gas fire, Radiation Ltd
High-speed gas fire, made by Radiation Ltd, c.1960.
British Railways Banana Van, 1960
Locomotives and Rolling Stock
Railway wagon, banana van, No B882593, British Railways, 1960. Length 20' 10"; width 7' 10"; height 12" 10'.
C4 Rotating Mirror High Speed Camera
C4 Rotating Mirror High Speed Camera bolted to rectangular wheeled steel frame - wheels missing, and detachable handle, by the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment (A.W.R.E), Aldermaston, Hampshire, 1950-1959.
Braun record player, 1957.
Record player, Braun, model PC3, without stylus, designed by Wilhelm Wagenfeld, Dieter Rams and Gerd Alfred Muller, 1957
Sunshine recorder Mk IIIA by Casella
Sunshine recorder Mk IIIA, Campbell-Stokes type, by Casella, MO serial no.479/59
Lowenfeld Mosaic Plates, London England, 1955-1965
Psychology, Psychiatry & Anthropometry
Lowenfeld Mosaic Plates; 144 coloured plates for use with the Lowenfeld Mosaic Test, devised by Margaret Lowenfeld as a therapeutic diagnostic technique, distributed by Badger Tests Ltd; used by the Institute of Education, University of Liverpool, c.1960-1990.
Prestcold Packaway' electric refrigerator, 1959.
"Prestcold Packaway" electric refrigerator, Type 301, serial no. 137549, by the Pressed Steel Company Limited, Oxford, 1959
Hoover constellation vacuum cleaner
Hoover Constellation vacuum cleaner, about 1956. A particularly 'space age’ 1950s vacuum cleaner, noted for its use of exhaust air to make it hover. Coupled with a futuristic spherical shape and fashionable colouring, the Constellation is truly a design classic among vacuums. It is made from metal with plastic components. This example is mainly grey with blue details.
Bush TV22 television receiver
Plastics and Modern Materials
A Bush TV 22 monochrome television receiver with a 9 inch screen and 'walnut' bakelite case. No Serial number. Fitted with Band convertor at rear. Bakelite was the first synthetic material used to make the cases for television sets. The TV 22 was introduced in 1950. Brown phenolic plastic case manufactured by British Moulding Ltd.
World champion Joe Davis tries 'Apollo', his new metal snooker cue
A photograph of Joe Davis (1901-1978), snooker world champion, in London, taken in November 1954 by an unknown photographer for the Daily Herald.
Short SC1 experimental vertical take-off aircraft, 1956.
Model of Short S.C.1., scale 1:24
Pathé Webo A 9.5mm cine camera
Pathe Webo A cine camera for 9.5mm film in Webo chargers; Som Berthiot Cinor B lens F;20mm f/1.9 Serial No 575935 in interchangeable mount. Clockwork drive (claw intermittent in magazine), guilotine shutter; single frame; DV optical finder; exposure table. No 4411. Instructions in French.
Brush Ljungstrom radial-flow steam turbine, made by Brush Electrical Engineering Ltd, Loughborough, 1956.
Early child’s car safety seat, Europe, 1958-1963
Public Health & Hygiene
Early child’s car seat, intended as a restraint rather than a safety device, unknown maker, European, c.1958-1963
'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
Silver gelatin copy print made ca.1970s. Sir Cecil Beaton photograph of model and musician Gervase Griffiths shrouded in linen.
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.
British Rail firing shovel
Tools of the Trade & Personal Accessories
Fireman's shovel, British Rail, 'Bulldog', by English Tools Ltd., 1963.
Reichert Immunopan microscope with accessories and
Reichert Immunopan microscope with accessories and transformer, made by Reichert, Austrian, 1960-1965
Victor Bulkhead Roadway electric lamp
Electric lamp, Victor Bulkhead Roadway, coal mining.
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.
Minimum centigrade thermometer
Sheathed alcohol in glass minimum centigrade thermometer by Short & Mason Ltd., London, BS 692, Met 21201, MO 35621/61, NPL 62.
electric vibrating massager, w
electric vibrating massager, with four attachments in original case with instructions, made by Pifco in the 1950s
Hiskey-Nebraska Test of Learning Aptitude; a learn
Psychology, Psychiatry & Anthropometry
Hiskey-Nebraska Test of Learning Aptitude; a learning aptitude test for deaf and hearing children, 3-16 years old, based on the 'Nebraska Test of Learning Aptitude for Young Deaf Children'; invented by Marshall S. Hiskey c. 1965, and used by the Department of Psychology at the University of Liverpool, c.1960-2000.
'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'.
Pair of artificial/prosthetic arms for a child living with thalidomide impairments
Pair of carbon dioxide powered prosthetic/artificial arms for a child living with upper limb thalidomide impairments, fitted with split hooks, made by Steeper, 1964
Electron capture detector for gas chromatograph
Electron capture detector for gas chromatograph, constructed by James Ephraim Lovelock and the National Institute for Medical Research, Mill Hill, London, England, 1955-1965
Kodak Brownie 8 movie camera model f/2.7
Cinecamera for double run 8mm film; f/2.7 lens; clockwork motor; DV optical finder; No. 22696. Manufactured from both Eastman Kodak and Kodak Ltd parts.
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.
Alfred Hitchcock at the doors of Coronation Street's Rovers Return
A photograph of Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980) peering through the doors of the Rovers Return pub in the soap Coronation Street, taken in June 1964 by Joe Darby for the Daily Herald.
Dogfight, with five fighter aircraft of World War 1
Painting of a dogfight, with five fighter aircraft of World War I including centre, an RAF SE5 A 818 no. 6, another above, and two Fokker triplanes [not Red Baron livery], a third spiralling down in flames; country landscape below. By artist unknown [c1962]. Oil on canvas wrapped over blockboard, 92x122x2.5cm. (3x4ft). Panel from Science Museum former Aeronautics gallery [c1962-1994] showcase display of Great War models. Possible commission by Drawing Office. Museum has on display an original SE5A (repainted from original livery) and model of Fokker triplane, which may have been sources for scene
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.