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Set of thirteen spirit bubbles, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1801-1900
Thirteen spirit bubbles in case, by A. Lovi, Scottish
10 inch shellac 78 rpm experimental stereo disc record
10 inch shellac 78 rpm experimental binaural (stereo) disc record, single-sided, Columbia Test Record label entitled ‘Mozart / 5771-4’, featuring a portion of Mozart Symphony no 41 played by Sir Thomas Beecham and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, recorded by A D Blumlein at Abbey Road Studios on 19 January 1934.
10 inch shellac 78 rpm disc record, single-sided,
10 inch shellac 78 rpm disc record, single-sided, Columbia Test Record label entitled ‘Experimental stereo disk cut at Hayes by Mr H E Holman 19.12.33 Mr Blumlein’, disc marked on reverse side ‘Moulded February 1961’.
Brewster's Patent Kaleidoscope by Philip Carpenter, Birmingham, England,1820
Kaleidoscope, Brewster's patent, silver plated brass, painted/shellaced tube covering, by Philip Carpenter, Birmingham, England, c.1820 with extra lens for distant objects, and 13 various object plates (one is defective), in wooden (mahogany and/or walnut?) case, velvet lined, with lock and key (see note)
Leyden jar, 1869
Electricity and Magnetism
large Leyden jar; one of a set of jars lent with the large induction coil of this institution (Royal Polytechnic Institution, Regent Street).
Daguerreotype In Red Morocco Case by American Daguerreotype Institution
85x100mm red Morocco leather case with two latches. Lined with plain red plush. Rectangular gilt mat with domed top. Bound but not framed. 58x70mm daguerreotype three quarter length portrait of elderly lady seated with book. Wearing white poke bonnet. Fully tinted with gilt on book. Slight tarnishing along bottom edge.
Daguerreotype In Black Lacquered Book-Type Case
85x100mm black Morocco leather book-type case. Front inlaid with mother-of-pearl and gold leaf in bouquet of flowers design. Gold leaf in scrolls around edges. Black lacquered with gold leaf scrolls. Lined with patterned red plush and gold leaf pattern around inside edge. Pinchbeck frame. 53x65mm daguerreotype three quarter length portrait in profile of young woman seated by table. Face and hands tinted pink.
Rectangular Union Case 'The Washington Monument, Richmond VA', by S Peck
100x122mm black rectangular union case. 'The Washington Monument, Richmond, VA.' by S Peck & Co. Die-engraver F. Goll. Trade paper inside. Design only on one side. Lined with dark red plush with formal motif. Plain oval gilt mat and patterned pinchbeck frame. No frame.
O'Keenan type electricity supply meter, 3 amps, 22
O'Keenan type electricity supply meter, 3 amps, 220 volts, serial no. 163278. Made in Paris and supplied by The British Thomson Houston Company Ltd., Rugby, England.
Union Case 'The Country Dance' Manufactured by S. Peck and Company
100x125mm dark brown rectangular union case same as 1990-5036/UC01, UC02 and UC14. Exterior design has a central scene showing people dancing with a man playing a fiddle on the left and a decorative border of flowers, bread and corn. No picture.
Rectangular Union Case by S Peck 'The Calmady Children'
90x97mm dark brown union case by S. Peck (Trade Paper on back says 'S Peck's Patent Feb 5th 1856 - H. Halverson's patent Aug 7th 1855 - assigned to S. Peck'). Die cast by H. W. Hayden, from picture by Sir Thomas Lawrence 'The Calmady Children'. Shows two young girls close up in a field. Back is mostly plain with grape design in centre and leaf design in four corners. Lined with purple plush with formal motif. Oval gilt patterned matt. Pinchbeck frame. 60x70mm collodion positive by J. TImms, 31 High Holborn, London. Three quarter young gentleman seated almost full face. Some tinting. Nice trade card backing picture.
Rectangular Union Case 'The Gypsy Fortune Teller', A P Critchlow
122x100mm dark brown union case 'The Gypsy Fortune Teller' by A. P. Critchlow and Company. Trade paper inside. Design both sides. Lined with purple plush with formal design in centre. No mat or frame. No picture.
Square brown shellac Union Case showing biblical scene
Plastics and Modern Materials
Square brown shellac Union Case showing biblical scene with two figures and palm trees enclose in oval surrounded by decorative border, with ambrotype of small girl, by Samuel Peck & Co., American, 1850-1859
Daguerreotype In Red Morocco Case by Mayall
132x162mm red Morocco leather case with two latches. Lined with plain red plush. Rectangular gilt mat with domed top. Picture bound but not framed. (One latch broken). 85x115mm daguerreotype full length portrait of mother with her four daughters. One sitting on her knees, the other three standing. Fully tinted. Some tarnishing along bottom edge.
Oblong Union Case, Possibly For Ferrotypes
80x115mm black rectangular union case. Maker John Smith (check card). Trade paper inside says 'Improved Patent Union Case' Formal design front and back. Diamond shaped pattern in centre. Plain red plush lining. Plain oblong gilt mat with rounded top. Patterned pinchbeck frame. Contains beautifully tinted carte-de-visite by J. Hawke, 53 Union Street, Stonehouse, Devon. Portrait of lady standing in crinoline, dress in front of painted backdrop.
Union Case With 'Washington Crossing The Delaware' Motif
For whole plate pictures; black composition; formal design on reverse. Exterior design shows a rowing boat with many men rowing and preparing to land with one man standing proudly at the helm with a flag flying behind. Possibly commemorating a discovery of land or naval battle.
Rectangular Union Case by Littlefield, Parsons and Company
125x100mm dark brown rectangular union case by Littlefield, Parsons and Company. Centre design of case similar to 1990-5036/UC03. Interior houses a trade paper mounted within oval gilt matt frame with shield design in four corners edged with leaves and surmounted with star a Leaf design around edges. Purple plush lining with formal design. No picture. Exterior design shows an intricate scene with a man kneeling behind a low table with two noblemen standing to the right and a horse behind.
Gramophone record of 'Little Willie's Woodbines'
Gramophone record in cardboard sleeve: recording of 'Little Willie's Woodbines' sung by Mr Billy Williams.
Gramophone record of 'Nymphs and Shepherds' and 'Hansel and Gretel - Dance Duet'
Gramophone record in blue paper sleeve; recording of 'Nymphs and Shepherds' and 'Hansel and Gretel - Dance Duet'; sung by Manchester Children's Choir with the Halle Orchestra, conducted by Hamilton Hardy; recorded at the Free Trade Hall
Baird Phonovision disc, 1927-1928
Baird 'Phonovision disc', 1927-1928. Early experimental system for recording television signals on to phonograph records. With paper sleeve and glazed frame. One of only six Phonovision discs known to exist, representing the first time television pictures were recorded. Phonovision discs contain the original experimental television recordings of John Logie Baird (1888-1946), recorded from 1927-1928, less than two years after his first demonstration of television. With only 30 lines per picture (per television frame), the highest frequency present was low enough to be audible - the video signal could therefore be recorded as an audio signal onto disc.
Swan-type apparatus containing motor and counter,
Swan-type apparatus containing motor and counter, probably an experimental electricity supply meter, England, 1885-1914
Hand mirror of moulded red shellac
Plastics and Modern Materials
Hand mirror of moulded red shellac, square body without circular mirror glass, handle decorated with tendril and flower design, frame of mirror decorated with fleur de lys, back decorated with head of a lady, c. 1885
Straight spectacles, steel wire, English, 1801-190
Straight spectacles, steel wire, English, 1801-1900
Billiard coil spring spectacles, steel wire, English
Billiard coil spring spectacles, steel wire, English, 1910-1925
Major Radiovision disc
Radiovision disc with cardboard sleeve, 1934. Made by Major Radiovision Co for the BBC. 78RPM double sided disc with paper label printed 'THE BRITISH BROADCASTING CORPORATION...Sample of 30 Line Baird Television Transmission (copy of a recording of an actual transmission)'; Printed '12PH 69197' on one side, '12PH 69198' on other. Sleeve printed in red and black with 'a BBC production programme / use 78 rpm cdg stylus / clean with moist cloth / made in England'.
Five medallions of shellac, with metal border and
Plastics and Modern Materials
Five medallions of shellac, with metal border and velvet backing. Decorated with moulded representations of mythological figures in profile, c. 1880