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Sextant by Jesse Ramsden
Brass sextant by Jesse Ramsden, Piccadilly, London, 1770-75. Sextant has polished brass 120° scale (-2° to 136°) with 20’ divisions and brass vernier (30”), three index-filter shades (red & green), one horizon filter (red) and ‘Maskelyne flap’ for greater accuracy when taking a sight of the Sun or Moon. Fitted with threaded telescope bracket for sighting telescope (130mm –inverted image). The instrument has its original fitted mahogany keystone case.
Kodak 'Brownie' Camera, about 1955
Kodak 'Brownie' 127 roll film camera, fitted with a 'Dakon' fixed lens, by Kodak Limited, England, 1953-1958
Section of TAT-8 transatlantic optical fibre cable, 1989
Section of TAT-8 transatlantic optical fibre cable in display case, made by British Telecom International, British, 1989. Brass plaque inscribed:- 'Section of TAT-8- the first transatlantic optical fibre cable. Presented to the Science Museum, London, by Mr. Alan Jefferis, director, satellite and lines, British Telecom International, on 22nd March 1989'.
Double-current telegraph key, 1830-1900
Double-current telegraph key, probably made and used by the Post Office, British, 1830-1900
Motorola tone pager, 1980-1990
BT Tone pager Motorola 3BMXB/1, made by Motorola, 1980-1990
Hull Corporation telephone, 1900-1910
Hull Corporation telephone, made by the Elektrisk Bureau, Oslo, Norway, 1900-1910
‘Dalkon shield’ intra-uterine device
Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Contraception
Intrauterine devices, "Dalkon shield", plastic, 1 of 2, 1970-1981
Silver microscope by George Adams, c. 1761.
Silver ‘Universal Double Microscope’ with ornate decoration by George Adams the Elder, Fleet Street, London, c. 1763. The drawer in the base contains several accessories: an alternative eyepiece and eye cap, a stand for the jointed arm, three sets of objectives, talc discs for slides, a fishplate with a glass slide attached, three magnifiers, a pair of stage forceps, a live box, a pair of tweezers and a nosepiece.
Westrex teletype terminal, 1960-1980
Westrex teletype terminal, Type ASR/KSR33, made by the Westrex Company Limited, London, England, 1960-1980.
Jubilee telephone with external bell box, 1977
Jubilee telephone, made by the Post Office, Cwmbran, Wales, 1977. Balmoral blue telephone with separate bell housing. S/A 4271 FWB 77/1.
Arrow Spyce mountain bicycle
Arrow Spyce, adult size, unisex, cross country mountain bicycle, 1997.
Packet for 'Tenner' cigarettes
Packet for 'Tenner' medium cigarettes, large size, by W A and A C Churchman Limited, Suffolk, England, 1920-1950
Astrolabe by Ferdinand Arsenius
Astrolabe made by Ferdinand Arsenius, Antwerp, Flanders, 1607-1618.
British Railways Special Cattle Van, 1951
Locomotives and Rolling Stock
Cattle Van, railway wagon, No. 3733 8 ton Special Cattle Van, British Railways (Southern Region), built Lancing Works 1951. (Built to diagram number 3141, construction span 1930-1951, number built 60). Length over buffers: 29' 5"; weight: 8 tons.
Siemens S6 mobile telephone, 1998-2002
Siemens S6 PCN P mobile phone, made by Siemens AG, Germany, 1998-2002. Serial Number: S30880-S1900-G140-1.
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.
'Openshaw' artificial wooden hand
"Openshaw" wooden carrying hand with a tenon thumb. The index and middle fingers are articulated at the metacarpo-phalangeal and proximal inter-phalangeal joints. The ring and little fingers are rigid and slightly flexed with a steel palmar reinforcement, which extends into the palm. The wrist is oval with a screw fitment for attachment to the prosthetic arm. Made by Anderson & Whitelaw c.1919.
Unopened metal bottle of ether
Unopened metal bottle containing ether, by E.R. Squibb and Sons, New York, USA, 1891-1930
Tri-composite railway carriage
Locomotives and Rolling Stock
Railway carriage, London & South Western Railway, tri-composite, No 3598, built at Eastleigh in 1903.
Ampoule of anti gas-gangrene serum
Public Health & Hygiene
Single glass ampoule, one of four, of gas-gangrene serum, by Laboratoire due Val de Grace, French, 1934
Experimental television receiver used by JL Baird in demonstration at Royal Institution, 1926
Television receiving apparatus, made by John Logie Baird, British, 1926. Used by Baird in the demonstration given by him to members of the Royal Institution and others on 27 January 1926.
Motorola A925 mobile telephone, 2003-2004
Motorola A925 mobile phone used in trials of 3G video broadcasting by broadcaster Jo Wiley at the Glastonbury music festival in 2004, made by Motorola, 2003-2004.
Gateshead & Darlington Collection
Photographic Collections (Railway)
Photographs, a collection of approximately 1,265 silver gelatin glass negatives, 5 x 4 ins to 15 x 12 ins and 16 5 x 4 ins triacetate safety film negatives featuring locomotive construction at the Gateshead and Darlington Works of the North Eastern Railway and its successors, the London & North Eastern Railway and British Railways, together with some images of carriage construction in York, c1885-1960. Complete with handwritten register. The work of official photographers based at Gateshead and Darlington Works. DAR 1-1464, DAR 2001-2018.
'The British Nave' at the Great Exhibition of 1851
Print. Chromolithograph, 'The British Nave', Plate 3 (Proof) of a set of four large prints commemorating the Opening of the Great Exhibition of 1851, [after paintings by Joseph Nash]. Printed and published by Dickinson Brothers, New Bond Street. . Image 54.5x75cm on card 71x88cm. Signed Joseph Nash in ink on lower left edge of image. View of the Western or British Nave looking East, with long panorama of structure and layout of main avenue. In centre above horse's head is dioptric revolving lighthouse reflector mechanism by Chance Brothers & Co; then Seeley fountain; large Ross telescope; Coalbrookdale Dome. Large case on foreground left with model of Liverpool docks, beside cotton and beneath Philosophical and electric displays. Banners hang from balconies with arms of cities of Britain: York is nearest on right. Queen Victoria with Prince Albert and family are being escorted through on tour; guests and visitors stand watching and waiting. In frame, 84x100x2cm
Red & White Kings cigarettes, Bombay, India, 1975-1980
Red & White Kings cigarettes, cellophane wrapped, Godfrey Phillips India Ltd. One of a selection of drugs and related material from India, 1975-1980.
Memento mori, Roman, 199 BCE-500 CE
Classical & Medieval Medicine
199 BCE-500 CE
Bronze miniature skeleton or "Larva Convivalis", a "memento mori" handed to guests at feasts, articulated but with lower right leg missing and left arm substituted for lower right leg, Roman
Bell & Howell Autoset 624EE 8mm Cine Camera
Bell & Howell Autoset 624EE camera. Double run 8mm cine camera. Super Comat lens F:10mm f/1.9. Auto or manual aperture setting. Clockwork drive. Single frame/continuous run. No. D33146.
Model of the Asklepion at Epidaurus, Greece, 1936
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Model, of Asklepeion at Epidaurus, after the reconstruction of Defrasse, including sign, and roof for Thoros (round-shaped) temple, made in London, 1936, scale 1:66
Bryant & May ‘Brymay’ safety matches, London, England, 1890-1940
Cardboard and chipboard safety matchbox, "Brymay" trademark, made by Bryant and May, 1920-1960
Morphy Richards pop-up toaster
Morphy Richards pop-up toaster, model TUID, in cream, No. LC 20539, c. 1956.
Raleigh 'Chopper' Mk2 bicycle. The Chopper is one of the most iconic children’s bicycles and was first produced in 1968. Its design resembled an American Harley Davidson motorcycle and was unlike anything on the market, its success also helped by the film ‘Easy Rider’ released in 1969. This is a Mark 2 Raleigh Chopper, first produced in 1971 in response to safety concerns, and differing most notably with un-adjustable handle-bars and a shorter seat with a warning that only one person should sit on it at a time. The Chopper Mark 2 continued to be produced until 1984. However this wasn’t the end of the Chopper, and it once again returned to shops in 2004 with the Mark 3.
Avro 594 Avian Mk IIIA
Avro 594 Avian Mk IIIA, civil registration code G-EBZM, two-seater sports biplane made by A. V. Roe Ltd, Newton Heath, Manchester, 1928.
Ericsson GA628 mobile telephone, 1996-2000
Ericsson GA628 mobile phone, manufactured by Ericsson, Sweden, 1996-2000
Rubber mouth gag
Psychology, Psychiatry & Anthropometry
Rubber electro-convulsive therapy (ECT) mouth gag by Ectron used at St. Francis Psychiatric Hospital, 1950-1990. Some teeth marks are visible.
Submerged repeater for TAT-1, 1956
Sectioned submerged repeater for TAT-1 the first transatlantic telephone cable, designed at the Post Office Research Station at Dollis Hill, made by Standard Telephones and Cables Limited, Woolwich, London, England, 1956
Technophone 'EXCELL PC105T' mobile telephone, 1986
Technophone EXCELL PC105T mobile telephone, manufactured by Technophone Limited, Camberley, Surrey, England, 1986.
Wax anatomical figure of reclining woman
Anatomy & Pathology
Main body of wax anatomical model of reclining woman with removable internal organs, probably from Florence, late 18th century
Ribbon loom with jacquard head
Ribbon loom, made by T. F. Wilkinson & Co. Ltd, Coventry, c.1900. Fitted on the top with Jacquard head made by J. McMurdo Ltd, Manchester. Used at Cash's ribbon manufacturers in Coventry.
Magellan 1000M GPS receiver, 1990
Magellan 1000M GPS receiver, made by Magellan Systems Corporation, California, United States, 1990
Four scalpels and a hernia bistoury in case
4 scalpels and a hernia bistoury, steel, aseptic, in sterilisable case, various makers, early 20th century, military issue
Jacquard hand loom
Jacquard hand loom, made by W. Archer, Bolton, around 1910.
George III's philosophical table
King George III
Philosophical table made for King George III by George Adams, Fleet Street, London, 1761-62. A pillar in three pieces, two wooden rings and wooden nut; vertical board with ivory scale (one fixing screw and washer missing) and backing board for pendulum experiments are attached.
'King’s Fund’ hospital bed
Nursing & Hospital Furnishings
Variable height and tilt hospital bed by Hoskins Healthcare, 1994. 5" linked brake castors, pump pedals, hydraulic lift and two way tilt. Head end with variable geometry backrest. Panelled foot end. Model number 3100M, often referred to as the King's Fund bed.
Strowger step-by-step automatic telephone exchange switch, 1897-1898
Strowger step-by-step automatic telephone exchange switch, made by the Strowger Automatic Telephone Company, United States, 1897-1898
Forest of Rods model of myoglobin
Part of model of myoglobin ("forest of rods") constructed in 1960 during work on the structure of the molecule to a resolution of 2 Angstroms: it comprises steel rods with meccano clips in wooden base-boards with Kendrew-type skeletal models showing the peptide chain
Model of a mobile mass miniature x-ray unit
Model of a mobile mass miniature x-ray unit, showing equipment, operators and patients, English, ca. 1955 (?).
Bain's chemical telegraph, 1850.
Alexander Bain's chemical telegraph, unknown maker, England, 1850. Includes key not shown on photograph.