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Prestcold Packaway' electric refrigerator, 1959.
"Prestcold Packaway" electric refrigerator, Type 301, serial no. 137549, by the Pressed Steel Company Limited, Oxford, 1959
1:12 scale model of a mole drainer
1:12 scale model of Ransomes mole drainer
Whole model of a "Ulak", Bengal produce boat
Model, scale 1:12, of a "Ulak", bengal produce boat, a large-clincher built boat, with mast and two sails, oars etc, unsigned, Bhagulpur, West Bengal, India, 1851-1900
Working model of the double trunk steam engines, as used on HMS 'Minotaur (1867) and HMS 'Northumberland' (1868)
Working model, scale 1:12, of twin-cylinder steam driven double trunk screw engines, as extensively used for screw propulsion on the HMS 'Minotaur' and 'Northumberland' (1865-1868), construction patented, and model made by John Penn and Sons in 1845, mounted on ships hull model showing arrangement of engine mounting points made by South Kensington Museum (Workshops), in glass case on table stand (see note). A Trunk Engine was originally developed to reduce engine height while maintaining a long stroke. The long stroke meant that the engine retained greater power while a low profile was curcial for placing the engine as deep in the ship as possible. This depth was ideally below the waterline in the event of enemy action.
bank of 50 Keith Line Switches, 1920-1925
Bank of 50 Keith Line Switches recovered from a rural exchange in New Zealand, made by the Automatic Electric Company, Chicago, United States, 1920-1925.
Whole rigged model of the clipper ship 'Stonehouse'
1866 (original) 1871 (model); 1906 (rigging modified)
Whole rigged model, scale 1:48, of the sailing clipper ship 'Stonehouse', designed by Gilbert Row in 1863-1864 and built by John Smurthwaite at Pallion Shipyard, Tyne and Wear, England, 1866, later renamed the 'Fanny', made by 1871, masts, rigging and sails by the Museum in 1906.
part rack of group selectors from Western Electric Rotary automatic exchange, 1920-1940
Part-rack, marked R5 B15, of group selectors No 7009, for Western Electric No 7-A machine switching system, made by Bell Telephone Manufacturing Company SA, Antwerp, Belgium, 1920-1940
Bristol 'Centaurus' sleeve-valve aero engine, c 1940s.
Bristol ‘Centaurus’ sleeve-valve radial 18-cylinder aero engine, part-sectioned, by The Bristol Aeroplane Company Limited, Bristol, Somerset, England, 1942-1950
Model of the PS 'Charlotte Dundas'
Whole model, scale 1:24, of the early paddlewheel steamboat the P.S. 'Charlotte Dundas' (1801), by the Science Museum Workshops, South Kensington, London, England, 1903. The model was based on a model lent to the Science Museum by W. H. Rankine. The actual P.S. 'Charlotte Dundas' (1801) was designed by William Symington and used on the River Forth and Clyde Canal.
Rigged model of the PS 'Scotia'
Builder's, whole, rigged model, scale 1:48 of the PS 'Scotia' (1861), he last Cunard, transatlantic paddle steamer, by Robert Napier and Sons, Govan, Glasgow, Scotland, 1861
Directional Robot, manufactured by Yonezawa, Japan, for Cragstan, USA, 1957
'Fialka' Cipher machine (10 rotor) with Cyrillic (Russian) characters
Cipher machine 'Fialka', with 10 rotors marked with Cyrillic (Russian) characters, and with spare set of rotors in metal drum, c. 1958 or later.
MTN Branded Umbrella, 2012
MTN branded umbrella used with mobile phone call box in Cameroon, unknown maker, 2012. MTN is a leading mobile telephone service provider in Cameroon
Kastner's Pyrophone, 1873-1876
Pyrophone, patented and made by Frédéric Kastner, France, 1873
Model of Murray's portable beam engine
Model representing Murray's portable beam engine, by James Fox, Derby, 1808
Avro 707A Aeroplane
Avro 707A aeroplane, manufactured by A. V. Roe & Co. Ltd at Chadderton and assembled at Bracebridge Heath in 1952. Registration number WZ736.
Magic lantern slide: Dismembered clown
A magic lantern slipping slide of a dismembered clown, made by an unknown artist in 1870. This slide shows a clown who, with one pull of the slide, loses his head and limbs.
Magic lantern slide: Snow scene
A magic lantern slipping slide showing a snow-covered mountain side village, made by Newton and Company in the 19th century. The second part of this slipping slide shows the village engulfed by an avalanche.
Javanese shadow puppet
Javanes shadow puppet or Wayang Kulit puppet ; male figure; gilded and painted leather; articulated. Possibly the figure of Hanuman.
Magic lantern slide: Figure of Death
A hand-painted magic lantern slide depicting the figure of death holding a knife and a human heart, painted by an unknown artist in the 19th century. This type of slide is likely to have been used in Phantasmagoria Shows where 'magical' appearances of ghosts and phantoms were projected onto screens or smoke.
Components from Colossus project, 1940-1945
Computing & Data Processing
Components from Colossus project (valve in holder; resistor; capacitor), designed by Tommy Flowers, made at the Post Office Research Station and used at the Government Code and Ciphers School at Bletchley Park, 1940-1945
Log-ship, in the form of a fish
Wood pattern log-ship with lead weighted flap board, shaped like a fish, unsigned, late 18th or early 19th century
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.
Lignum Vitae saw
Hand and Machine Tools
Lignum Vitae cutting saw machine, yard No. 647, built by Henry Maudslay for the Block Mill at Portsmouth Naval Dockyard, 1804-1807, plus components (see 2 stroke numbers).
Model of Henry Maudslay's table engine, 1807
Model of Maudslay's 1807 table engine (scale 1:24) with associated components, made by Maudslay, Sons and Field Limited, Lambeth, London, 1807
Magic lantern slide: Snow scene
A magic lantern slipping slide showing a mountain village being engulfed by an avalanche, made by Newton and Company in the 19th century. The first part of this slipping slide shows a peaceful village scene.
Jack the Smoking Head, sales automaton
Jack the Smoking Head, sales automaton, maker unknown, London, 1850-1865.
Model of Vauloue's piledriver
King George III
Model of the piledriver designed by James Vauloue, maker unknown, before 1753, London. Once belonged to Stephen Demainbray.
Model of Mariner 10 spacecraft, 1973.
Model of Mariner 10 spacecraft, scale 1:48, original launched 3 November 1973
Dr Arnold Gesell test objects
Psychology, Psychiatry & Anthropometry
Bell, rattle, cup, five large and six small pine wood blocks, unsigned, United States of America, 1911-1939. These objects are part of test objects used by the developmental psychologist Dr Arnold Gesell, along with a small spool of 16mm film showing line drawing, from the Clinic of Child Behaviour, Yale University, 1911-1961.
Playskool' wooden toy 1960-1980
Playskool wooden toy, a wooden framework with rotating blocks bearing numbers and symbols to do arithmetic.
Magic lantern slide showing Poppleton Church in winter
A hand-painted magic lantern slide depicting Poppleton Church in winter, by W R Hill, c.1860, and shown at the Royal Polytechnic Institution, London.
Magic lantern slide showing street scene
A hand-painted magic lantern slide depicting a street scene painted by W R Hill in 1876 and shown at the Royal Polytechnic Institution, London.
Magic lantern slide showing scene from 'Alice's Adventures or The Queen of Hearts and the Stolen Tarts'
A hand-painted magic lantern slide depicting a scene from 'Alice's Adventures or The Queen of Hearts and the Stolen Tarts' painted by W R Hill in 1876 and shown at the Royal Polytechnic Institution, London as part of the Easter 1876 production based on Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'.
Crystal structure represented by an arrangement of ten spheres
Crystal structure represented by an arrangement of ten spheres. From the molecular and crystal model ‘Wollaston Collection’.
Midwifery bag, United Kingdom, 1866-1900
Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Contraception
Leather midwifery bag with handle and contents. Contents include 3 metal forecepts, 1 hook, 7 glass bottles, and other assorted tools. There are 5 square glass bottles with glass stoppers for opium tincture, brandy, ergot, and SP:AM:CO (spirit of ammonia) , now all empty. There are an additional 2 round glass bottles for chloroform and ether, which are clean. Made by Arnold and Sons, English, 1866-1900.
Magic lantern slide showing Fingal's Cave
A hand-painted magic lantern slide depicting Fingal's Cave in Scotland, by an unknown artist, c. 1860, and shown at the Royal Polytechnic Institution, London.
'Haystack' Boiler, 1775-1799
1775-1799 (original); 1900-1907 (model)
Model, scale 1:12, of balloon or haystack boiler
Modified side-lever marine engine
Working model, scale 1:16, of a modified side-lever marine engine (c.1845), on wood plinths, unsigned, British, 1840-1850
Model of the "Great Harry"
Rigged model, scale 1:72, of the warship the 'Henry Grace a Dieu' or the "Great Harry" (1540), based on a contemporary drawing by Anthony, Anthony, fl. 1546
Crossley Shelsley Motor Car
15.7-hp six-cylinder Shelsley motor car, made by Crossley Motors Ltd, Gorton, Manchester, 1929.
Model, scale 1:4, of double grindstone wheels, without cover
Hand and Machine Tools
Model of double grindstones, scale 1:4, by William Muir & Co., Manchester, 1853
A wooden cross-staff (possibly of hornbeam) made by Hamon, Saint-Malo, France, 1687. The original vanes are missing. Signed and dated on side one: Hamon . A . St. Malo 1687. The scales are from 90° to 33° (side one), from 90° to 11° (side three), and from 90° to 22° (side four); the maximum reading accuracy is 15' for each side. Only vague traces of the graduation on side two are visible. Graduated for altitude only; only the side number for side one is visible. The graduation runs from right to left, the sequence of the sides is 4, 3, 2, 1. Three modern wooden vanes, for the 30-, 60- and 90-degree sides.
Apothecary's sign in wood, Europe, 1701-1900
Apothecary's shop sign in form of sun, wooden, c18 or c19, European.
Apothecary's sign featuring arms of the city of Amsterdam
Apothecary's sign from Amsterdam in form of lion supporting the city's arms and mortar, made in Amsterdam, 1650-1800
Wax anatomical model of a human head
Anatomy & Pathology
Wax anatomical dissection model of human head showing internal structure of brain, eye, cheek, neck and jaw, unsigned, European (possibly German), 1801-1900 (see note).
Surgeon's sign, England, 1750-1800
Surgeon's signboard, 'Midwifery', J. Short, wooden, suspended from beam, English, 18th century
Collecting box for Action Medical Research
Collecting box made for Action Medical Research, Pied Piper/Tree House Model, unsigned, restored by Stan Coxall, Horsham, Sussex, United Kingdom 1950-1959
Pharmacy display jar for Peru bark
Large English pharmacy display jar, one of two, painted glass for Peru Bark with heraldic crest, 19th century.