Search our collection
Mars globe, 8 1/2-inch diameter, paper with card o
Mars globe, 8 1/2-inch diameter, paper with card on wooden stand, by Replogle Globes Inc., Chicago, Illinois, USA, 1981-82. Drawn at a scale of 1:32,000,000, the cartography was produced in 1981 by the US Geological Survey and NASA.
Hundred star quad signalling cable, 1930-1962
Hundred star quad signalling cable with polythene insulated core, metal foil screened and PVC sheath, unknown maker, 1930-1962
Diaphot exposure meter
Diaphot visual or extinction meter in leather pouch by Zeiss Ikon Ltd. One of the early types of extinction meters that were in use before the photo-electric type was introduced.
Oval spectacles with gold frames in aluminium case, made by Dupal Young Optical Co.
Electricity supply meter, ampere/hour and prepayment
electrolytic pre-payment electricity supply meter, no. 865, 200 volts, 2 amperes, d.c.; made by B.I. & H.C. Ltd., Prescot; supplied by Mordey-Fricker Electricity Meter Co. Ltd., London.
Geodetic theodolite, German, 1820-1850
Geodetic theodolite with accessories in wooden box, by T. Ertel und Sohn, Munich, Germany, 1820-1850.
Surgical instrument set, incomplete, in mahogany c
Surgical instrument set, incomplete, in mahogany case, various makers, labelled "Eastern Dispensary", first half 19th century
Black painted, side-opening oval spectacle case with inlaid decoration.
Felt and cloth cap, quilted with wide embroidered
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
Felt and cloth cap, quilted with wide embroidered band, green, orange, white and brown silks, balaclava-type cap with two recesses, silk tassels, Sudanese, 1875-1884
Adjustable crosshead, French, 1801-1830
Adjustable crosshead with compass and telescope in fitted box, by F. Fraget, Paris, 1801-1830.
Two earplugs, tightly coiled discs of orange paper
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
Two earplugs, tightly coiled discs of orange paper with black felt faces decorated with silver springs and discs, Zanzibar(?), 1880-1920
Case for altazimuth theodolite
Box for altazimuth theodolite, 4.5-inch, by Edward Troughton, Fleet St., London, England, 1780-1826
Ophthalmic set comprising forceps and three needle
Ophthalmic set comprising forceps and three needles, in fishskin case, probably British, 19th century, relic of Lister
Camera Case and Corfield Lens
A case for a Thornton Pickard's "Ruby Horizontal" single lens reflex camera; accompanied by a Corfield "Tele-Lumax" lens.
Adding machine with stylus and instructions
S & N adding machine by Seidel & Naumann, Dresden, serial no. 2398, with stylus and instructions
Double sounding sextant.
Double sounding sextant with anodized brass circle-pattern frame and polished brass limb with wooden handle in fitted mahogany box containing in the lid a trade label for J.D. Potter, 31 Poultry London, invented by Rear Admiral Frederick Beechey and made by Nathaniel Worthington, London, 1845-1851. Fitted with two parallel inlaid silver scales marked; (lower) -2° from left to155° with 20 arc-min. divisions to 129° and (upper) -10° at right to147° with same to 126°; each with silver vernier scale divided to 20 arc-min.; four index shades (3 red, 1 green), no horizon shades; two index glasses; upper magnifier (single lens) on a 55 mm swivelling arm and lower one on a bar and bracket for telescope (62 mm, large objective) erect image (other telescope missing) with perpendicular adjustment. Accessories include magnifying glass; adjusting key; adjusting pin.
Cloth headdress resembling a tea-cosy, red cotton
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
Cloth headdress resembling a tea-cosy, red cotton decoration with cowrie shells, grass fringe, surmounted by tuff of grey feathers, Sierra Leone, 1880-1900
Hagelin B-21 Cipher Machine
Hagelin B-21; the beginning of the Hagelin pin wheel machines, superficially resembling the Enigma; developed by Boris Hagelin based on Arvid Gerhard Damm's patented design of the B-18; it has two pin-wheels on each of the coding wheels.
Aluminium side-opening spectacle case with castelled design around lid.
Eye defect teaching model, with accessories, Dr. P
Eye defect teaching model, with accessories, Dr. Perrin's type, made by Collin and Cie, Paris, supplied by Arnold and Sons, French, 1860-1900
McLeod's vacuum gauge
McLeod's vacuum gauge (imperfect), with open mercury source, unsigned, British, 1880 (see note). This object is described in Phil. Trans. 1881 part II p.393, October 2nd 1880.
Cyclograph for setting out railway curves, British, 1849
Cyclograph designed by R. Price-Williams for setting out railway curves, by Troughton & Simms, London, England, 1849.
Whipple Temperature Indicator, 1912-14
Whipple temperature indicator with key, by the Cambridge Scientific Instrument Company Limited, Cambridge, England, 1912-14. Range -10 to 1200°C (1° graduation).
Probably a finger splint, case of felt with 2 band
Probably a finger splint, case of felt with 2 bands of webbing to secure it, owned by Sir T.L. Brunton, designer A.F., who was possibly also the maker, France, 1890-1910
Brass framed sounding quintant.
Sounding quintant with 6-inch radius limb, diamond-pattern anodized brass frame and silver inlaid scale marked -5° to 195° (169° range), 30 arc-min. divisions' with silver vernier scales to 1 arc-min. with wooden handle and Mahogany keystone box containing in the lid a label for Henry Porter (successor to William Cary), made by (William) Cary, London, 1855-1865. Fitted with tangent and clamping screws at back of the index arm; no shades; index-glass and horizon glass with screw and capstan screws adjustment; Detached telescope, (78 mm large objective) erect image with bracket without adjustment. Accessories include Screw-on diaphragm for the telescope; adjusting key; adjusting pin and magnifying glass (missing).
One of a pair of muzzle loading flintlock pistols
One of a pair of muzzle loading flintlock pistols, said to have belonged to Napoleon Bonaparte, barrel length 198 mm / 7.8 in and calibre 13.95 mm / 0.5 in, unknown maker, Russia, 1801-1830
Case for a Zeiss-Ikon Diaphot exposure meter
Leather case for a Zeiss-Ikon Diaphot exposure meter. Lined with green felt with white metal stud.
Electrode with turned wooden handle, long pin shea
Electrode with turned wooden handle, long pin sheathed in plastic, tip of metal sheathed in felt, screw-terminal on handle, Riviere collection, made by A. Gaiffe, Paris, French, 1880-1900
Leather case for aesthesiometer
Psychology, Psychiatry & Anthropometry
Leather case for aesthesiometer, Sieveking, brass and nickel, by Becker of London, 19th century
Owens Dust Counter, no.44, by Casella, London, in
Owens Dust Counter, no.44, by Casella, London, in case with accessories
Seton needle in leatehr case, manufactured by Savigny and Co. of London, 1810 to 1850.
Dr. H. Mummery's D. Sc. mortar board, by Ede, Son,
Dr. H. Mummery's D. Sc. mortar board, by Ede, Son, and Ravenscroft, 93 and 94 Chancery Lane, London, England, c. 1915.
Box for compound monocular microscope, 1852
Public Health & Hygiene
Wooden chest box for compound monocular microscope owned by Edwin Lankester and purchased from the makers Smith & Beck of London in 1852, with accessories inside. Possibly used by Lankester when examining water from the pump at Broad St, Soho, the focus of the outbreak of cholera in London in 1854.
Surgical instrument set
Surgical instrument set comprising six scalpels, 2 curved bistouries and a hook; scalpels by Young of Edinburgh, 1 bistoury by Savigny of London, in case, 19th century
spyglass or Galilean telescope, contains gilded to
spyglass or Galilean telescope, contains gilded tools: scissors, tweezers, ivory wedge, spatula, etc. (lacks some items), green shagreen covered body, silver plated fittings, Thomas Ribright, London, late 18th century. Signed inscription on eye-lens sliding dust shade: 'RIBRIGHT / OPTICIAN / FECIT / LONDON'.
Eight pairs of insoles, seven impregnated with iodine, one with Dols Valatalise flannel upper
8 pairs of insoles, 7 impregnated with iodine and made by Maw of London, 1 with Dols Valatalise Flannel upper and made in Huddersfield, all in cardboard drawer, English, 1920-1937
Small narrow medicine chest with hinged lid, conta
Materia Medica & Pharmacology
Small narrow medicine chest with hinged lid, containing 5 glass medicine bottles and 1 phial, brass balance and weights in drawer, English, 1831-1870
Leather medicine chest, hinged lid, main body in t
Materia Medica & Pharmacology
Leather medicine chest, hinged lid, main body in two hinged sections, wooden compartments covered with green felt, containing two unlabelled glass bottles, English, 1837-1900
Thigh support band, felt and plastic, English, 195
Thigh support band, felt and plastic, English, 1955-1970
Ribright's Patent Spyglass and Tools, 1775-1825
perspective glass (spyglass), Ribright's patent, silver, also with fitted tools; penknife, probe, scissors, ivory spatula (lacks some items), unsigned, late 18th century/early 19th century
Model 'rocket' incorporating a quadrupole mass spectrometer head
Model 'rocket' incorporating a quadrupole mass spectrometer head, by staff at 20th Century Electronics Ltd, England, 1973. Presented to Gilbert Tomes: founder of 20th Century Electronics Ltd. The quadrupole mass spectrometer head uses electrostatic and electromagnetic deflecting fields to determine the atomic weight of an element, which may be used to find out if it is radioactive. The quadropole mass spectrometer was first made public in 1968. The mass spectrometer, which measures both total and partial pressures, is a very important tool which can be used to warn of contamination.
Walferdin minimum thermometer, without markings
Walferdin thermometer (overflow type), minimum thermometer; no markings. Wellcome No. B921
Catheter case, leather, silk and felt lined
Catheter case, leather, silk and felt lined containing 12 catheters, 6 with bulbous lips, 4 bougies, and 2 sounds, by Down Bros. of London, 1874-1879
Trifocal lens, 'Varilux' lens with a continuous variation vision power
Cardboard carton containing a trifocal lens, 'Varilux', by Essel, France, 1960-1966. This lens has a continuous variation of power for vision at intermediate distances.
Jackson's instantaneous shutter
Jackson's instantaneous shutter. Title on bone inset plaque.
Rimless spectacles with gold arms and nosepiece in aluminium case, made by Dupal Young Optical Co.