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Water pipe from Water Street, Manchester
Water Supply & Sanitation
Cast iron water pipe taken from Water Street; probably dates from the late 1890s; extracted by United Utilities during water pipe replacement which took place in Manchester City Centre 2007-2009
Model of wire screen in octagonal frame used by Heinrich Hertz, 1949
Model (scale 1:4) of wire screen in octagonal frame used by Heinrich Hertz, made by the Science Museum Workshops, South Kensington, London, England, 1949
Marine chronometer by John Arnold
Marine chronometer by John Arnold, London, c.1771. Octagonal mahogany box with a glazed base and glazed windows to the case sides, probably added in the 19th century. Silvered dial, now worn to brass, with subsidiary seconds, and signed on the dial 'John Arnold London No 1'. Two small ivory handles either side of the dial enable the movement to be lifted from the case. Fusee movement with spring detent escapement, two-arm compensation balance and sun and planet maintaining power. One-day duration. Purchased by the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers for its museum in 1885.
Hysteroscope with camera attachment
Hysteroscope, rigid, Fourestier-Glandu-Vulmiere type, with camera attachment, France, 1958-1965
Watch with alarm by Robert Grinkin
Watch with alarm in a pierced gilt case by Robert Grinkin, London c.1610. Engraved gilt-metal oval shaped case, with armorial bearings and pierced and engraved side. Alarm bell fixed to the inside of the case-back. Engraved gilt-metal dial, with steel hand and alarm disc with pointer in the centre. Movement with verge escapement, alarm-work, barrow regulator, balance spring of 1½ turns, pinned-on balance cock and pierced barrel. Backplate with engraved border and signed 'Ro Grinkin'. The balance-spring and regulator were added probably in the late seventeenth century. Purchased by the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers for their museum in 1968.
Musical table clock by Thwaites for Barraud
Spring driven, musical table clock signed by Barraud, London and China c.1767. Ebonised and veneered wooden case with arched top and gilt-brass mounts. Engraved brass dial plate with applied circular white enamel dial. Gold hands. Fusee movement with verge escapement and balance wheel, which is mounted on the backplate. The clock plays four tunes on seven bells with nine hammers (two of the hammers are duplicated for repeated notes). It also strikes the hour on a large bell. Engraved backplate, signed ‘Barraud, London’ also engraved with Chinese characters. The movement is also stamped 'Thwaites 340'.
Gilt-metal and engraved silver verge watch by James Vaultrolier
Verge escapement watch by James Vautrolier. The oval gilt-metal case has profusely engraved silver covers and band. The engraved silver dial has a gilt hand. The movement has a three wheel train, pinned on balance cock and ratchet wheel set-up. The backplate has an engraved border. With original brass key and plain silver outer case. London c.1625
Model of Hooke's universal joint
King George III
Model of Robert Hooke's universal joint made by Mr Pease, probably in London, in 1760 and owned by Stephen Demainbray.
Silver astronomical watch by Nathaniel Barrow
Silver pair cased watch with astronomical indications. The matted dial plate is gilded and engraved with cherubs and has two applied silver dials. The lower dial, with blued steel hand, has a pierced centre and indicates the hours. The upper dial comprises a fixed silver ring showing the day of the month with a silver turning disc and pointer inside. The disc has five circles; the outer circle indicates the signs of the zodiac, the second the months, the third and fourth have a series of figures and the fifth shows the length of month. Also shown in separate apertures on the dial plate are indications for day of the week, moon phase and age, and high tides. Signed 'Nathan Barrow London'on the movement, but partially obscured by the balance cock and silver regulator. These appear to be later than the rest of the watch, which may have originally been made without a balance-spring. Verge escapement and three-wheel train.
Compound monocular microscope owned by Edwin Lankester
Public Health & Hygiene
Compound monocular microscope owned by Edwin Lankester and purchased from the makers Smith & Beck of London in 1852, with accessories and case. Possibly used by Lankester when examining water from the pump at Broad St, Soho, the focus of the outbreak of cholera in London in 1854.
Silver pair cased watch by Benjamin Wolverstone
Pair cased verge escapement watch by Benjamin Wolverstone, London, c.1670. Silver dial with gilt engraved border and silver hour ring. In the centre of the dial is a silver alarm disk with steel pointer; the centre of this is filled with red wax. Steel hand with long tail. Oval balance-cock without rim. Worm and wheel set-up regulator with openwork cover. Signed on the movement ‘Ben Woluerstone Londini’. Outer case covered in leather and studded with silver pins. Inner case made of pierced and engraved silver in a flower and foliage design.
Point-contact transistor,type GET 2 c.1953
Point-contact transistor,type GET 2 c.1953
Two lancets in a patterned silver case
Two lancets, steel blade in tortoiseshell sheath, by Savigny and Co. of London, 1810-1850, in silver case, inscribed "R.G.," made in Birmingham in 1844
30 hour longcase clock by Thomas Tompion
Longcase clock by Thomas Tompion, London, c.1670-1685. Ebonised pine case, with crested hood. The 10-inch square brass dial has engraved flowers with an alarm disc at the centre, a silvered chapter ring and angel spandrels in the corners. Pierced steel hour hand. Dial engraved 'Tho. Tompion, Londini, fecit' at 6 o'clock. The movement, which is numbered 151, is of 30-hour duration, and has (replacement) alarmwork and count wheel striking. The count wheel is on the outside of the movement.
Robert Dudgeon’s sphygmograph
Sphygmograph which belonged to Dudgeon, by J. Ganter, 19 Crawford Street, London, England, 1876.
Clock-watch by Daniel De St Leu
Gold pair cased clock-watch by Daniel De St. Leu, London, 1797. Gold outer case pierced and engraved with a trophy of arms and 5 crescents, gold inner case pierced and engraved. Hallmarked for 1797 and stamped with the casemakers mark IW. White enamel dial signed 'De St. Leu, London'. Gold hands with looped stems. Movement with verge escapement, ruby endstone. and hour striking on a bell, with a strike/silent lever. Engraved backplate signed 'Danl. De St. Leu. Watch Maker her Majesty London 3861'. Also with short double chain and cast and engraved key. This watch formed part of the collection of Sir David Salomons Bt, and was presented by Salomons to the museum of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers in 1921.
Sundial by Elias Allen
A very high quality horizontal sundial, set out to show individual minutes and signed ‘Elias Allen fecit’. London, c.1630
Compendium rule signed Humfrey Cole
Compendium rule made by Humfrey Cole in 1574, London. It is signed 'Humfrey Cole 1574'. The instrument consists of two folding arms, each of which are engraved with scales for measuring and making calculations.
Bonochord Transitron transistor hearing aid case, c.1954
Bonochord transistor hearing aid case, c.1954. The Bonochord Transitron all-transistor hearing aid case was introduced in 1954 and was made by Bonochord, 48, Welbeck Street, London, W1. It was an early all-transistor hearing aid, using a transistor in place of a radio valve. The active element of the transistor was a piece of the metal germanium about 1/16 inch square and half as thick. Unlike the contemporary 3-valve hearing aid, the Transitron did not require a high-tension battery, operating using only a very small low-tension cell. The running costs of everyday use was estimated as being as little as five shillings a year. The power output was variable, according to the number of battery cells used. Total current consumption was 2mA for 1.5V and 7.6mA for 4.5V, and according to the maker's figures the maximum air-to-air gain was 70db. The instrument was advertised as having the advantage of small size and weight – the polished stainless steel case measured 3.25 x 2.25 x 0.125 inches and the weight including battery was only 4.4oz); great reliability and life; and great volume in proportion to size. Features included separate on/off and volume controls.
`MONEYWISE' calculator converting metric to imperial, Celsius to Farenheit and mortgage interest rates using interference, 1990
Verge watch by Daniel Quare, in a polychrome enamel case signed 'Les Frères Huaud'
Watch by Daniel Quare c.1712, contained in a painted polychrome enamel case signed ‘Les Frères Huaud’ with a yellow enamel painted interior. Silver repoussé dial with a Huaud enamel plaque in centre. Dial winding at 3 o'clock. Steel hands. Verge escapement with broad-foot winged balance cock. Movement signed 'Quare, London'.
'Tabloid' medicine chest used on 1924 Mount Everest Expedition
Materia Medica & Pharmacology
'Tabloid' medicine chest, empty, used on 1924 Mount Everest Expedition, made and patented by Burroughs, Wellcome and Co., London, 1887-1924
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
Deck-watch used by Capt. William Parry during his attempt to reach the North Pole, 1827
Silver spring detent escapement deck-watch in a mahogany case by Parkinson and Frodsham. White enamel dial with a subsiduary seconds dial and blued steel hands, signed 'Parkinson & Frodsham London 948' and the broad arrow mark. Flat spiral balance-spring with its stud on a flexible arm to aid the even coiling and uncoiling of the spring. Hallmarked for 1823 – 4.
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 cylindrical aluminium filament, by Edison & Swan United Electric Company, London, England, 1889.
Eight-day longcase clock by George Graham
Longcase clock by George Graham, London c.1750. Mahogany case with printed equation table within the trunk door. The 12 inch brass dial has a matted centre, four spandrels in each corner, a date aperture, an applied silvered chapter-ring, and a subsidiary seconds dial. Signed ‘Geo. Graham London’ at the base of the dial. The movement has a dead-beat escapement, bolt-and-shutter maintaining power, and a flat iron pendulum rod with heavy brass-cased bob. The case, movement and winding key are numbered ‘779’. Eight day duration.
Section of lightning conductor from St Paul’s cathedral
Iron bar which formed one section of the lightning conductor installed on St. Paul’s cathedral, London, in 1769, as recommended by a Royal Society committee. This bar remained in place until 1899.
Silver watch with alarm by Jeremy Gregory
Silver pair-cased watch with alarm by Jeremy Gregory, London, c.1670. Plain silver outer case, possibly of a later date. Inner case, pierced and engraved with flowers and foliage. Silver dial with engraved border and a raised hour circle, with an alarm disc and pointer in the centre. Single steel hour hand with long tail. Movement with verge escapement, a train of three wheels, and fusee with gutline for a chain.
Lancet owned by Edward Jenner
Public Health & Hygiene
Lancet belonging to Jenner, probably used for vaccination, by Savigny and Co., 1701-1800, English
Steljes ABC type printing telegraph receiver No. 477
Steljes ABC type printing telegraph receiver No. 477, made by the Typewriting Telegraph Corporation Limited, London, England, 1895-1910
Caesium atomic clock, 1955.
Caesium atomic clock made by Louis Essen and J.V.L. Parry at the National Physical Laboratory, Teddington, London, 1955.
Carbolic steam spray used by Joseph Lister
Carbolic steam spray used by Lister by D. Marr, English, c. 1867
Wax anatomical model of thorax showing ecthyma luridum
Anatomy & Pathology
Wax anatomical model of thorax showing ecthyma luridum, in glass case, by Joseph Towne, English, 1825-1879
Watch movement by Thomas Tompion
Watch movement by Thomas Tompion, London, c.1692. Movement with verge escapement, a train of four wheels and tulip pillars. Signed on the backplate ‘T. Tompion London 0598’. Presented to the museum of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers by Benjamin Lewis Vulliamy in 1849.
Hypothermia advice card, England, 1994-1995
Public Health & Hygiene
Combined hypothermia thermometer and advice card, produced by Eastern Electricity for their elderly customers, London, England, 1994-1995.
Packet of 20 Death cigarettes, London, England, 1999
Packet of 20 Death cigarettes, labelled: 'Manufacturer's advice: Cigarettes are addictive and debilitating. If you don't smoke, don't start. Death is a responsible way to market a legally available consumer product which kills people when used exactly as intended. Death cigarettes: For an honest smoke', made in the EC under the authority of The Enlightened Tobacco Company Plc, London, c.1999.
Calliper used to measure head size
Psychology, Psychiatry & Anthropometry
Phrenological calliper(?), possibly nickel-plated brass, from the British Phrenological Society, by Arnold and Sons, London.
Supersonic flaw detector
Supersonic flaw detector, MK 2B serial no.45321, made by Henry Hughes and Son Ltd. consisting of two parts. (1) control unit, (2) tube unit
Pugh orthoptoscope, London, England, 1948-1968
Pugh orthoptoscope by Hamblin, London, English, 1948-1968
Brass Gunter quadrant (3-inch radius) signed J M, probably John Marr, and dated 1640 with degree and trigonometric scales and volvelle on reverse side.
Analogue music synthesizer.
VCS 3 music synthesizer made by Electronic Music Studios, London Limited, London, England, 1970
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 rectangular aluminium filament, by Edison & Swan United Electric Company, London, England, 1889.
George III penny coin, 1806, from New Mill at Murrays' Mills in Ancoats, East Manchester, found during the archaeological survey of the site.
Gear wheel from long-case clock by Fromanteel
Brass gear wheel from long-case clock made by Ahasuerus Fromanteel, London, 1660-1665.
Time Travellers invitation
Stephen Hawking Office
Time Travellers Invitation titled: ‘A Reception for Time Travellers Hosted by Professor Stephen Hawking’. hand-pulled letterpress print (white on black background), printed at New North Press, London on a Victorian ‘Albion’ press in October 2013. Framed. A certificate of authenticity in a plastic sleeve is attached to its back.
Refracting telescope with achromatic lens, made by the Dollond family
Achromatic refracting telescope for terrestrial use, with an optical lens diameter of 1.4 inches, and focal length 30 inches, by Dollond, London, 1760-1775
Silver watch by Thomas Taylor
Silver pair cased watch by Thomas Taylor, with an outer leather case studded with silver. The inner case is engraved with the Lord Protector's crown and 16-58. Around this is engraved 'OLIVAR' 'TO JOHN MILTON' The gilt brass dial has a matted centre, a silvered chapter ring and a further silvered ring with the days of the month engraved around it. A steel pointer is attached to a gilt ring which rotates every 31 days, thereby indicating the day of the month. The time is indicated with a very short steel hand with tail of nearly equal length. The fusee movement has a three-wheel train, worm-and-wheel set-up regulator, with replaced wheel and verge escapement. The movement pillars are of an unusual design. Signed on the movement 'Thomas Taylor Holburne' London 1658. Formed part of the collection of the Reverend Henry Nelthropp, later donated by Nelthropp to the museum of Worshipful Company of Clockmakers.
Difference Engine No. 1
Computing & Data Processing
Portion of Charles Babbage's calculating machine (Difference Engine No.1), built by Joseph Clement, London, 1832.
Serial sculpture of bird flight
Serial sculpture of bird flight, after Étienne Jules Marey.
Silver pair-cased watch by Benjamin Bell
Silver pair-cased watch by Benjamin Bell, London c. 1690. Silver case stamped 'SB'. Silver champleve dial with large subsidiary seconds dial. Steel tulip hands. Movement with verge escapement, steel balance-wheel with a spring of three turns and a train of four wheels. Signed on the movement 'Ben. Bell London'. Clockmakers' Museum No. 63