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Model showing supercoiling of DNA, Cambridge, before 1988
Model showing supercoiling of DNA (yellow and black) made at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge
Rigged model of Flemish carvel construction Carrack
Rigged model, scale 1:60, of a Flemish carvel construction Carrack, with overhanging forecastle c. 1450-1480, by Robert Morton Nance, Nancledra, Cornwall, England, 1910-1921. Robert Morton Nance constructed the model from an accurate and detailed print by WA, a Flemish master illustrator active around 1490.
Willans central-valve high speed steam engine 1901
Central-valve high speed steam engine, working model, scale 1:4, sectioned through one cylinder and crank case, Willans and Robinson Limited, Rugby, Warwickshire, England, 1901
Lignum Vitae Saw
Hand and Machine Tools
Lignum Vitae saw, yard No. 647, built by Henry Maudslay for the Block Mills, Portsmouth Naval Dockyard, 1804-1807.
Diorama showing the anatomy theatre at Padua in 1594, England, 1901-1950
Scale model of anatomy theatre built at Padua in 1594 showing dissection taking place, English, 1900-1950
Rexophone crystal set with 3 pairs telefunken headphones, 1923-1930
Rexophone crystal set manufactured by Morch Borthers Limited, London, 1924-1930. Complete with 3 pairs of headphones manufactuered by Telefunken, Germany, 1923-1930. The radio set used tapped inductance tuning and came in a mahogany cabinet with lid, a ‘Xylonite’ control panel available in different colours with imitation marble control knobs and nickel-plated fittings. Gold-plated fittings were supplied for an extra 5/-. It came with terminals for two pairs of headphones and had operating instructions inside the lid. The detector was twin-enclosed cats whiskers / galena detectors with a selector switch on the panel.
Model of Joyce's single cylinder pendulous oscilla
Model of Joyce's single cylinder pendulous oscillating engine, 1851
Copy of a statue showing a deformed cranium, Cairo, Egypt, 1920-1933
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Head of daughter of Akhenaton, plaster copy, showing deformed cranium, Egyptian, 3000-1000BC
Bunsen Burner, 1885-1889
Bunsen burner by F. E. Becker & Co., London, England, 1885-1889.
'Tabloid' first aid kit used on Alcock and Brown's first transatlantic non-stop flight
Materia Medica & Pharmacology
Tabloid first aid kit used by Alcock and Brown, on their first transatlantic non-stop flight, by Burroughs Wellcome and Co., 1919
Model ambulance, India, 1890-1930
Nursing & Hospital Furnishings
Madras ambulance, 1:10 scale, flaps to all sides, bullock drawn with canvas swingletree, wooden, early 20th century, from R.A.M.C.
Barber surgeon's sign, England, 1680-1830
Barber surgeon's, double sided carved and painted wooden plaque with images of Death and Time and scene of blood letting, 1680-1830
Model of Bathyscaphe "Trieste"
Model of the bathyscaphe the 'Trieste' (1953), designed by Auguste and Jacques Piccard at Naples, model made by Ley Kenyon, 1960-1969
Model of a male black baby at 22-23 weeks development, England, 1998
Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Contraception
Model of male black baby at 22 to 23 weeks development, by Freeborns, 1998.
Budding's patent lawn mower, 1832.
Lawn mower, built by J. R and A. Ransomes of Ipswich to Edwin Budding's patent No.3157 of 1830
Statue of Taweret, Cairo, Egypt, 1925-1933
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Plaster replica of bronze statue of Theoris, Egyptian, 1925-1933
Imperial ELE electric typewriter, about 1965
Printing & Writing
Imperial ELE electric typewriter with 170 character width platen, serial number ELE 1397, c. 1965
'Step-up' transformer from Battersea Power Station
Step-up transformer, oil immersed single-phase, 363 volts/100 KV, by Lodge-Cottrell Limited, Birmingham, 1932.
Painted plaster death mask of James Bloomfield Rush, England, 1849-1900
Psychology, Psychiatry & Anthropometry
Painted plaster copy of death mask of James Bloomfield Rush (1800-1849), the notorious 'Killer in the Fog', probably part of a set of phrenological heads of criminals (a 'Murderers' Row'), unsigned, British, 1849-1900. This copy may have been made by the Tussaud waxworks who donated this object to the Wellcome collections in 1936.
Atmospheric Engine by John Smeaton, 1772
1772 (original); 1919 (model)
working model, sectioned, scale 1:12, John Smeaton's atmospheric engine at Long Benton Colliery, 1772
Diorama of Santa Cruz Hospital of Toledo in the 1500s
Nursing & Hospital Furnishings
Diorama "Hospitals and the Care of the Sick", showing Santa Cruz Hospital of Toledo in the sixteenth century, English, 1901-1970
Magic lantern slide showing the Eddystone Lighthouse
A hand-painted magic lantern slide depicting Eddystone's lighthouse off the coast of Devon, by an unknown artist, c. 1860, and shown at the Royal Polytechnic Institution, London.
Strowger 2000-type final selector, 1936-1980
Strowger 2000-type two-motion final selector, made by British Telecom, British, 1936-1980
'S-phone' personal portable UHF transceiver, 1941-1945
'S-phone' type 13/Mk IV personal portable UHF transmitter/receiver, designed by Charles Bovill, unknown maker, British, 1942-1945
Rigged Model of the H.M.S. 'Warrior'
Whole rigged model, scale 1:48, of the armoured sea-going warship the 'HMS Warrior' (1860), Britain's first armour-plated warship, unsigned, British, 1860- 1913
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).
Artificial left leg, Europe, 1991
Left below knee prosthesis worn by an Army parachutist who lost his leg as a result of an IRA bomb, c1970s. Lace-up leather thigh corset with 4-point socket suspension. Above the knee restraining strap. Strap-type trouser guard. Polycentric knee joints fitted to the side steels. Foot is moulded and similar to a shop dummies with texture of skin and nails. Metal shin and plastic foot with imitation toes. Following the supply of his first prosthesis the patient was picked for the 'Red Devils' Display Team. The prosthesis was also worn by him on the "Time & Tide" which competed in the Global Challenge Yacht race in 1996.
Improved Patent Magneto Electric Machine for nervous diseases
Improved Patent Magneto Electric Machine for nervous diseases, dynamo with steel magnet and brass and ebony terminals to apply to patient, all in polished wood case dated, unsigned, Europe, 1862
Murphy-type chloroform inhaler
Murphy's inhaler for chloroform anaesthesia in midwifery, no maker marked, 1850-1900
Pilsen Joel dynamo, about 1875
Arc lighting dynamo, by Pilsen Joel, about 1875.
Lenoir's gas engine, 1860
Heat Engines (non steam)
Two-stroke double-acting single cylinder gas engine, patented by Jean Joseph Etienne Lenoir, France, 1860, and made by Reading Iron Works Limited, Reading, Berkshire, England, 1865.
Wax injected human left hand
Anatomy & Pathology
Preserved human left hand, mid 19th century
1:16 scale model of John Deere 214T baler
Model of John Deere 214T baler, scale 1:16 approx.
Drug jar for cold cream
Drug jar for cold cream, contains white waxy solid turning brown, pink and white ceramic jar labelled "CREM. FRIG." white label with gold and red border.
Drug jar for zinc oxide ointment
Drug jar for zinc oxide ointment containing traces of ointment, pink and white ceramic jar labelled "UNG: ZINCI OX:" white label with red and gold border.
6 volt electric fencing unit, mechanical operation
6 volt electric fencing unit, mechanical operation, by AEC Electric Fencing Limited, Newton Abbot, Devon, England, 1935-1945
White painted brass dial, from Huygens clock movement reproduction
Additional white painted brass dial, for minutes and seconds and separate rotating second dial for reproduction (from "Horologium Oscillatorium" 1673) of Huygens clock movement (see note).
Royal headboard - Prince of Wales feathers
Locomotives and Rolling Stock Components
Royal headboard - Prince of Wales feathers with crown and 'Ich Dien' text at bottom. Painted metal; bracket at base for fixing. Overall: 590 mm x 580 mm x 137 mm.
Model of eight furrow auto-balance steam plough
Model of eight furrow auto-balance steam plough, by Howards of Bedford
Two-bladed screw propeller from 'Miss England II'
Original cast-steel two-bladed screw propeller from the motor boat "Miss England II" (1930), on metal mount, by
Murdey's intermittent integrating electricity supp
Murdey's intermittent integrating electricity supply meter
Model, of Fire Tube Boiler, 1878
Model of Cochran Vertical Multitubular Boiler, sectioned, scale 1:8, patented by Edward Crompton and James Taylor Cochran in 1878.
Reason patent kilowatt-hour electricity supply met
Reason patent kilowatt-hour electricity supply meter, no. 1240, by Reason Manufacturing Co. Ltd., 240 volts, 5 amps, DC.
Wooden mount painted cream, showing a black and white photograph, Originally had two thorns glued to it. Text reads 'Thorns used in vaccinating during the epidemic of small-pox in 1921' and further information about their use in smallpox epidemic in Dawaimeh, Palestine, 1921
Model illustrating s orbitals in molecular orbital theory and crystal field theory
Model illustrating orbitals in molecular orbital theory and crystal field theory made by Crystal Structures Ltd., 1981.