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The Demon Detective camera
O'Reilly's Patent No 10823. Conical metal camera for 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 inch plates, uncemented achromatic lenses c.F:1 1/2 inch fixed aperture and focus. Flap and shutter before lens work by elastic band. The American Camera Company, c.1890.
Bush TV22 Television Receiver, 1945-1955
Bush TV22 9 inch television receiver, made by Bush Radio Limited, England, 1945-1955. With band III convertor, 1957
Steam locomotive, entitled Evening Star
Locomotives and Rolling Stock
Steam locomotive and tender, British Railways, 9F class 2-10-0 No 92220 "Evening Star", designed by R.A.Riddles, built at Swindon in 1960, withdrawn in 1965.
Glass copy negative of Roundhay Garden Scene
Single large glass copy negative of Louis Le Prince's footage, Roundhay Garden Scene, shot in October 1888. This copy negative was made by the Science Museum in the 1930s from the original paper negatives created by Le Prince.
NeXT cube computer, 1990
"NeXTcube," a NeXT computer, including screen, keyboard and mouse, made by NeXT, Redwood CIty, California, United States, 1990. Used by Tim Berners-Lee to design the World Wide Web, at CERN, 1990.
Avro Shackleton A.E.W. 2
Avro Shackleton A.E.W.2 reconnaissance aircraft, Military Service No. WR 960, made by A. V. Roe & Co. Ltd, Woodford, 1954.
Print of Henry Beighton's Engraving of a Newcomen Engine
Framed print of Henry Beighton's Engraving of the Newcomen Engine at Griff, 1717, Henry Beighton, England, 1717-1725. This engraving (the original of which was discovered in Worcester College, Oxford, in 1925) is the oldest known illustration of a Newcomen engine.
Compagnie Internationale de Wagon-Lits et de Grands Express Europeens sleeping car, 1933
Locomotives and Rolling Stock
Railway carriage, sleeping car No 3792, Compagnie Internationale de Wagon-Lits et de Grands Express Europeens, built in 1933, withdrawn 31st December 1974. Length over buffers: 65' 6"; width 9' 1"; height 12' 7".
Personal Computer, model Apple I
Computing & Data Processing
Personal Computer, model Apple I, devised by Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs and Ron Wayne, and made by Apple Inc, United States, 1976-1979.
Rolls-Royce 10 hp, two cylinder motor car
10 hp two-cylinder Rolls-Royce motor car, 1905. Reg. No. AX148; Chassis No. 20162; 10 hp
Kodak Retina (Type 117)
Retina camera type 117. Folding camera for 35mm for 24 x 36mm. Fitted with a Schneider Xenar lens F: 5cm, f/3.5 No 694235. Compur shutter 1/2/5/10/25/50/100/300/B/T. Helical focusing of whole lens to 3.5 feet. Direct vision optical finder. Rotary exposure counter. Depth of field scale. No. 449875. Kodak AG, 1934-1935.
Main part of Edison Kinetoscope. Invented by Edison's British employee, William Kennedy Laurie Dickson (1860 - 1935), this was the first device to show moving pictures. Painted in white on left side 'Dept II No 584'. Brass plaque on upper front inscribed 'No 509 / Edison Kinetoscope / Manufactured by Edison Mfg Co Orange / NJ USA'.
Pullman Car Company, called Topaz
Locomotives and Rolling Stock
Pullman Car Company First Class Parlour Car "Topaz".
Reid III Rangefinder Camera
Reid III Type 2 35mm camera for 24 x 36mm pictures. Coated Taylor Hobson Anastigmat lens. F:2 inches f/2-16, Serial No 328898. Fabric focal plane shutter 1/2/5/8/20/30/40/60/100/200/500/1000/T. Interchangeable lens, Leica thread. Coupled rangefinder coincidence type, separate direct vision viewfinder. Flash synchronised, two coaxial sockets for electronic and flash bulbs. Accessory shoes. Reid and Sigrist. Camera Serial No P3277.
Voigtlander daguerreotype camera
Daguerreotype camera made by Voigtlander & Sohn, Wien. All metal camera for circular daguerreotype plates 95mm in diameter. Petzval lens c.f/3.8; conical focusing screen holder; darkroom loaded; camera rests on telescopic stand with three levelling screws. Plate holder and lens hood possibly reproductions. No 81.
'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.
Marconi 1.5kW transmitter used by 2LO, 1922
Marconi 1.5kW transmitter, Marconi Company Limited, Chelmsford, 1922. Used by the BBC London station 2LO between 1922 and 1925, as rebuilt c.1954 incorporating some non-original but contemporary components
Bottle of Alertis Cordial, United States, 1901-1920
Materia Medica & Pharmacology
brown glass bottle containing aletris cordial (sometimes known as 'Mother's cordial'), uterine tonic prepared by Rio Chemical Co. bottle and contents from U.S.A., 1901 to 1920
Orrery made for the Earl of Orrery
Orrery or planetary model, c. 1712, made for Charles Boyle, the fourth Earl of Orrery by John Rowley, Fleet Street, London. The instrument was copied from one made by George Graham, and termed ‘orrery’ after its purchaser.
‘Larzine’ Unani medicine for malaria
Materia Medica & Pharmacology
Larzine, Unani medicine for malaria, one of a selection of drugs and related material from India, 1975-1980.
Kodak No 1 Camera
Kodak No 1 camera, manufactured by Eastman Kodak Co 1889 to1895. Box camera for factory loaded film, 100 exposures. 2 1/2" diameter / rapid rectilinear lens, fixed aperture and focus, sector type shutter, cocked by string, with attached lens plug. Serial No 10275 embossed in top and rear of camera body.
One of Fleming's first thermionic diode valves, 1889
Thermionic valve, one of three original examples, by Sir John Ambrose Fleming, London, England, 1904. This valve uses a lamp with a flat concertina wire filament, by Edison & Swan United Electric Company, London, England, 1889.
Magnifying stereoscope, 1940
F-71 magnifying stereoscope, made by Fairchild Aviation Corporation, Jamaica, New York, United States, 1940
Kodak Brownie 8 8mm movie camera
Brownie Movie 8 camera. Brownie 8 8mm movie camera f/2.7, made by the Eastman Kodak Company in the United States, c. 1960. Serial Number 0283.
Contax S camera
VEB Carl Zeiss Ikon Jena, East Germany. Solid body 35mm refelx camera for 35mm film 24x36mm. Zeiss, Jena, Tessar lens F:5cm f/3.5-22, No 3220957, interchangeable, screw thread, helical focusing through pentaprism. Fabric focal plane shutter, horizontal travel 1/2/5/10/20/50/100/200/500/1000/B, delayed action lever. Body release, with lock-on time exposures. Film type and speed indicator on rewind knob. Knob windon.
Logitech FotoMan digital camera
Logitech FotoMan (Digitalkamera aus der Steinzeit) RA digital camera. Monochrome digital camera. First truly digital camera. 320x240 (latter 376x284) resolution; 1Mb internal RAM; fixed focus f4.5 lens. Serial No FAL22921198. In recharging stand, built-in flash. Logitech, Switzerland, 1990
Three-valve radio receiver, 1922-1925
Three-valve receiver used in a Derbyshire colliery test, unknown maker, Derby, England, 1922-1925. Ref. Wireless World 2/12/22 p.314
Polaroid Land camera Model 95
Polaroid Land Model 95 made by Polaroid in the United States, 1948-1953. Folding camera for self processing film packs 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches. Lens with rotating plate with apertures marked 1-8. T/I shutter. Lever focusing. Folding optical frame finder with front ball sight on spring stalk. Accessory show. Flash synchronized, bayonet fitting. No.0570942.
Gaumont-Kalee GK21 35mm cinema projector
Gaumont-Kalee GK21 35mm cinema film projector with President lamphouse, made in Leeds, 1948-1958. Type 83. Manufactured by BAF Ltd London Ser No 653.
Section of a CB1 manual telephone exchange switchboard, 1925-1960
Section of a CB1 manual telephone exchange switchboard with positions for three operators, unknown maker, British, 1925-1960. In use at Enfield Telephone Exchange 22 July 1925 to 5 October 1960
Early balance spring watch by Thomas Tompion
Early balance spring pocket watch in silver case made by Thomas Tompion, Fleet Street, London, England, 1675-79. The watch features an unusual dial showing minutes on the main dial and two subsidiary dials for the hours (in the upeer position) and seconds (in the lower position). The subsidairy dial for hours inidicates up to six hours in each cycle.
Astrolabe by Ferdinand Arsenius
Astrolabe made by Ferdinand Arsenius, Antwerp, Flanders, 1607-1618.
Replica of Daguerre-Giroux camera
1839 (original); c. 1988 (replica)
Replica of Daguerre-Giroux camera. Sliding box camera for daguerreotype plates up to 300x220cm. Plate holder replica of original in Museum of Science, Oxford. Achromat lens; sliding lens cover. Ex-Cromer Collection (donated April 1950). Stand is a modern replica by Science Museum workshop about 1988.
Arriflex 2C 35mm cine camera
35mm Arriflex IIC cine camera; body number C8587, wild motor number VR661949, constant speed mains synch motor, 24fps, plus parts, number 1867, bellow matte box (400ft magazine on camera), etched ground glasses, swan neck, cables for different motors. On fixed mount, with power cable. Serial Nunber 3452. Fitted with three lenses; Taylor Hobson 50mm lens, Serial No 516420; 75mm Speed Panchro lens, f2; Schneider-Kreuznach Xenon lens 1:2/28, Serial Number 3087691.
Post Office telephone kiosk No. 6, 1936-1968
Post Office telephone kiosk No. 6, introduced in 1936, with crown motifs to top panels (the Queen's Crown of Scotland), designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott for the General Post Office, made by the Carron Company, Falkirk, Scotland, c.1971
Early inhaler for ether anaesthesia
Early inhaler for ether anaesthesia, ether bottle connected by tubing to face mask, by Weiss of London, 1847-1848
Knochenhauer spirals, 1963
Set of Knochenhauer spirals, replica of originals in Deutsches Museum, made by the Science Museum, South Kensington, London, England1963.
Hypodermic syringe with glass phials of drugs
Hypodermic syringe, glass and nickel plated brass, in aluminium case with velvet purse, containing 6 glass phials of hypodermic tablets. 84 mm x 43 mm x 20 mm, .08kg. Phials: 76 mm x 5 mm diameter each. Phials of strychnine nitrate, atropine sulphate, cocaine hydrochloride, apomorphine hydrochloride, morphine and atropine sulphate and morphine sulphate hypodermic tablets. Made by Parke, Davis and Co., USA, 1885-1910, once the property of F. Treves, FRCS.
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.
Fujica Single 8 P1 camera
8mm cine camera, Fujica Single-8 P1 camera. Uses Fuji proprietary Super 8 film cassettes. Fujinon 1.8 / 11.5mm lens. Made by Fuji Photo Optical Co. Ltd., between 1965 and 1977. Cine camera for Single 8 film cartridges; Fujinon F:11.5mm f/1.8 lens. Direct vision optical finder with exposure indication; auto exposure electric motor drive; pistol grip. No 435857.
Japanese Piloted Bomb
'Ohka' ('Cherry Blossom') MXY7 Model 11 piloted bomb, made by Dai-Ichi Kaigun Koku Gijitsusho, Yokosuka, Japan, 1945.
AN/APS-20 Radar Scanner
Radar & Radio Location
AN/APS-20 radar scanner and servicing trolley for the Avro Shackleton A.E.W.2 reconnaissance aircraft WR 960 made by the Bogart Manufacturing Corporation, Brooklyn, New York.
Main component of Siemens ‘Elmiskop 1’ electron microscope
Main component of Siemens Elmiskop 1 electron microscope, the first electron microscope used in the Department of Human Anatomy at Oxford, c. 1950
Reflecting telescope by William Herschel
Newtonian reflecting telescope with 6 1/8-inch diameter speculum mirror of 7-foot focal length with mahogany tube and altazimuth stand; includes accessories and a pamphlet of directions for use. Telescope made by Herschel for his friend Sir William Watson in Bath, 1783-1785.
Pye 'Cambridge International' 11-band broadcast receiver, 1953
Pye 'Cambridge International' 11-band broadcast receiver, type PE80, made by Pye Limited, Cambridge, England, 1953
35mm Lumiere Cinematographe camera/printer/projector, serial number 254, with brass taking and projection lenses with Lumière thread, crank handle. Claw mechanism designed for Edison perforations.
Robert Hooke type microscope
Compound microscope designed by Robert Hooke, 1671-1700 and thought to have been made by Christopher Cock, Long Acre, Covent Garden, London, but not signed. Part of an accessory for manipulating specimens has survived and the objective lens is a modern replacement made in 1965.
Magnetic toy by George Adams
King George III
Magnetic toy demonstration device made by George Adams, Fleet Street, London, 1765. Consisting of two mahogany boxes. One contains 4 dials with the numbers: 1, 5, 6 and 7 in each - situated beneath sliding lid with square window revealing one number per dial. The second box contains 4 ebony blocks numbered 1, 7, 6, 5, each slightly trapezoid in shape. Both boxes have hinged lids with 2 metal catches at the front.
Whole model, full rigged, of ship of the line, H.M.S. 'Prince'
Contemporary whole rigged (rigged in Museum) model, scale 1:48, of English 1st rate ship of the line of 100/90 guns HMS 'Prince' (1670), showing hull construction method, designed by Peter Pett and made by Chatham Dockyard,