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Pedometer by Spencer & Perkins
Pedometer or waywiser with fob hook, made by Spencer & Perkins, 1775-1794.
Oil lamp base for Thomson mirror speaking galvanometer, 1858
Oil lamp base for Thomson mirror speaking galvanometer, made by Dietz and Company, City of London, England, 1858
Wireless World Diary, 1933
'Wireless World' diary for 1933, published by Iliffe and Sons Limited, City of London, England, 1933
The Atlantic Telegraph, broadsheet, 1866
Broadsheet, printed, hand-coloured engravings, 'The Atlantic Telegraph', describing the laying of the first successful transatlantic telegraph cables, published by Bacon & Co, 48 Paternoster Row, London, England, 1866. In glazed frame, 91 x 65.7 cm.
Engraving, trade card of Dudley Adams, 60 Fleet Street London. [c1800]. 39x24.5cm to platemark. Advertising a wide range of optical, philosophical and mathematical instruments, astronomical instruments etc including demonstration pieces; terrestrial globe, air-pump, surveyor's level, forestaff, universal ring dial, protractor, waywiser, astronomical quadranton stand, azimuth compass, drawing instruments in case, Gunter's quadrant, military surveyor's gniometer, nocturnal, horizontal dial, level, backstaff, alidade and plane table, orrery, armillary sphere. Cartouche of patronage by King George III, below; portrait of Tycho Brahe, top (family firm began at TB's Head, 1735; Dudley continued it, 1795-1821). In frame 55x40x1.5cm. (16"x 10 1/2") (Calv. 5).
Watch movement with a quarter-repeating mechanism of early design by Thomas Tompion.
Watch movement with a quarter repeating mechanism of early design, by Thomas Tompion, c. 1691-2. Dial missing. Verge escapement, balance spring with 5 turns. Tulip pillars. Signed 'Tho. Tompion, London'.
pedometer, English, 1775-1806
Pedometer with fob hook by Spencer and Perkins, London, England, 1775-1806
Inhaler, packet "vaporoles", made by Burroughs Wel
Inhaler, packet "vaporoles", made by Burroughs Wellcome and Co., Snow Hill Buildings, London, 1920-1940
Double Gyroscope Apparatus
Double 3-inch fixed axis gyroscopes mounted at each end of an adjustable and clampable arm so as to demonstrate precession an other characteristics of gyroscopes, complete with a set of weights to add to the arms & box.; made by Townson & Mercer, 89 Bishopsgate St, London, England, 1890.
Box type pocket sextant.
Pocket box sextant, made by Negretti and Zambra, Fleet Street, City of London, England, 1850-1880. Consists of two circular lacquered brass plates with lid that acts as a handle when used (contains paper table of natural tangents to a base of 100). Fitted with Inlaid silver 131° scale (-5° to 165°) with 30' divisions and a silver vernier (1' div.). The index arm is rotated by a milled knob on the upper plate with two filter shades (red & green) operated by lever. The index glass is fixed with adjustment for the horizon glass. Fitted with magnifier (single lens) on hinged 40 mm swivel arm and choice of a large and a small pinhole sight but telescope missing.
surveying compendium, British, 1870-1878
Surveying compendium with leather case, by Negretti & Zambra, London, England, 1870-1878. Patented by G. Francis and C. E. Chester in 1874.
Pocket terrestrial and celestial globe
Pocket Terrestial Globe, 3" diameter, by John Bleuler, 1824, in fish-skin case, the inside of which constitutes a celestial globe, inscribed "BLUELER, 27, Ludgate Street, London, 1824".
Dipleidoscope with mechanical clock dial, British 1870-1890
Dent's dipleidoscope on triangular stand, with mechanical clock dial (clock glass missing), by E. Dent & Co., London, England, 1870-1890. Used for the determination of midday to check the accuracy of mechanical timepieces
Eclipse plate camera
Shew's Xit Eclipse quarter plate camera, made by J F Shew & Co. London. Collapsing A form, wooden camera for RR lens, rotating aperture plate f/8,11,16,32. Rotary shutter T/I. Helical screw and lever focusing inf.- 1 1/2 yards. Shew removable , reflecting finder. No focusing screen. (M477)
Aspirating syringe, glass and nickel plated brass,
Aspirating syringe, glass and nickel plated brass, cased, incomplete, by Arnold and Sons, West Smithfield, London, 1870-1910
Amputation set, cased, by Arnold and Sons, West Smithfield, London, English, late 19th century
Surveyor's cross head
Surveyor's cross head, 3-inch, in original teak case, by Broadhurst and Clarkson, 69 Fenchurch Street, London, EC3, England.
Open cross-staff head with four fixed alidade sights, by Dollond family, London, England, 1795-1805
Artificial bubble horizon.
Paget type, artificial bubble horizon, designed and made by Henry Hughes and Son, City of London, England, 1905-1910. Mounted behind the horizon glass of a sextant it consists of a curved bubble level in right-angle tube containing a prismatic lens with cross-wires and adjusting screws. In use the observer views the bubble via the prism and aligns the cross-wires, which replaces the horizon. It can only be used during daytime with sufficient light, an improved version, from around 1914, was fitted with electric illumination for night-use.
'day and night' achromatic telescope (Meniscus len
'day and night' achromatic telescope (Meniscus lens) two eyepieces (one with sunfilter), brass dust cap, mahogany tube, on table tripod stand, made by John Gilbert, Tower Hill, London", 2-inch object lens, late 18th century
Pedometer, English, 1775-1794
Pedometer with fob hook by Spencer and Perkins, London, England, 1775-1794
Bent Mercury Thermometer, 1850-1920
Bent mercury thermometer with ivory scale by Tagliabue and Casella (associated with C. F. Casella & Co.), 1836-1846.
Adjustable bimetallic thermostat by Sunvic Control
Adjustable bimetallic thermostat by Sunvic Controls Ltd., London, England. Type TS1, with 6-inch stem, range (+20 deg. C)
Pistol, Great Northern Railway
Tools of the Trade & Personal Accessories
Pistol, Great Northern Railway, metal pistol by "J. Beattie London", GNR carved in wooden handle, used as warning to platelayers before advent of shunters horn.
Castrating set, incomplete, by Arnold of West Smit
Castrating set, incomplete, by Arnold of West Smithfield, London, in mahogany case, 1837 to 1857
Pedulum type artifical horizon.
Artificial horizon, pendulum type, by John Charles Dennis, 118 Bishopgate Street, City of London, England,1842-1849. Designed by Alexander Bridport Becher, a British naval officer, in 1834. It consists of a pendulum suspended in a brass tube filled with almond oil to dampen its motion, which is attached to the side of a sextant. A separate oil lamp can be fitted to the tube for illumination at night. In fitted rectangular case with trade label on lid, with a bottle of almond oil and spare wick for the lamp.
Ophthalmoscope, cased, by Arnold and Sons, West Sm
Ophthalmoscope, cased, by Arnold and Sons, West Smithfield, London, English
Surgical and dental instrument set, in brass bound
Surgical and dental instrument set, in brass bound mahogany box, by Arnold, West Smithfield, London, 1889
Aspirator and accessories
Aspirator and accessories, cased, by Arnold and Sons, West Smithfield, London, English
Syringe, part of Potain aspirator
Syringe, part of Potain aspirator, by Arnold and Sons, West Smithfield, London, 1905 (with parts 72-80)
Reddings patent rollfilm camera (Luzo)
Reddings patent rollfilm camera (Luzo), made by J Robinson and Sons. Patent No. 17328. Mahogany box camera for darkroom loaded 2 3/4" film. 2 1/2" diameter picture. RR lens fixed focus and aperture. External shutter - rotating quadrant. Brilliant reflecting finder. Film pricker. In 'ever-ready' case.
Trade card advertising 'Golden Eye-Water', England, 1780
Trade card: Townly, Nurseryman at Walworth, St Mary, Newington, Surrey, 1780. Advertises Golden Eye-Water for dropping into inflamed eyes. 6 3/4 inches x 5 1/8 inches. (Calv. 400)
Trade Card:- William Brind, (from Mr Read's) at the Hand & Scales in Carey Lane in Foster Lane, Cheapside, London. Scale Maker. 6 1/2"x4 1/2" (Calv. 61)
Trade card for James Mann, optician, London, England, 1706-1756
Trade Card:- James Mann, optician, At the Sign of Sir Isaac Newton, and Two Pair of Golden Spectacles, near the West End of St. Paul's, London. (Calv. 251) 10 1/2" x 7 1/4"
Trade card for James Ayscough, optician, London, England, 1749-1750
Trade card: James Ayscough, at the Great Golden Spectacles, in Ludgate -Street, near St. Paul's, London. optician. (Calv. 18) 13 1/2 x 8 in.; 343 x 203 mm
‘Epitome of Astronomy’ or ‘A Compendius View of Our Solar System’
Engraved chart, on Epitome of Astronomy or a Compendious View of our Solar System by William Snow
Trade card. John Gilbert, at the Mariner, in Postern Row, Tower Hill, London. Mathematical, Optical & Philosophical Instruments. Makes and Sells Wholesale and Retail. 9 1/4" x 6 3/4" (Calv. 156)
Trade Card:- R. Rust, Corner of St Catherines Stairs. Near the Tower of London. Removed from ye Minories. Navigational instruments. Inventor of an artificial horizon. 7"x5 1/2" (Calv. 334)
Trade Card:- Samuel Johnson, (The Oldest Shop) Successor to the late Mr Mann, At the Sign of Sir Isaac Newton and Two Pair of Golden Spectacles, near the West End of St Paul's London. Maker of spectacles and optical instruments. 6 1/2"x7" (Calv. 209)
Trade card. Christopher Stedman, At the Globe on London Bridge. Mathematical Instrument maker. Makes & Sells all sorts of Mathemeatical Instruments for Sea or Land, Gauging, Surveying, Measuring, Geometry, Navigation, Arithmetick. Wholesale or Retail. 10 1/4" x 7 3/4" (Calv. 381)
Trade Card:- Samuel Scatliff, at Frier Bacon's Head, the corner of St Michael's -Alley, Cornhill, London. Spectacle, & Optick-Glass Maker. Makes & Sells Wholesale & Retail ye finest Chrystal Spectacles & Reading Glasses, Telescopes & Perspective Glasses for Sea or Land, all Sorts of Microscopes, Single or Double. 5 3/4" x 5 3/4" (Calv. 340)
Trade card. advertisement. Thomas Barnett, (No. 61,) Great Tower-Street, London, Optical, Mathematical and Philosophical Instrument Maker to His Majesty's Boards of Customs and Excise. Text description list of articles sold. n.d. conserved backed and edged to 23 x 20.4cm. 8"x7".(Calv. 28)
Trade card: Benjamin Cole
Trade card: Benjamin Cole, At the Orrery next the Globe Tavern in Fleet Street, London. Mathematical and Optical Instruments of all sorts. An engraving of the Grand Orrery with the words 'The Orrery Made by Cole and Son' appearing partly above and partly below the ecliptic ring. (Calv. 92) (C.C. 171)
Trade card. Joseph Linnell, successor to the late Mr James Ayscough, Optician, At the Great Golden Spectacles and Quadrant, No. 33, in Ludgate-Street, near St. Paul's, London. 12 1/2"x 7 1/4" (Calv. 239)
Trade card; etching. Thomas Barnett, 61 Great Tower Street, London. Optical, mathematical and philosophical instrument maker. To His Majesty's Hon.ble Boards of Customs and Excise. n.d. 6.4 x 9.3 cm, conserved backed and edged to 10 x 13 cm. cartouche border incorporating dividers, rulers, set square. (Calv. 29) (C.C. 156)
Trade Card:- Henry Pyefinch, At the Golden Quadrant, Sun and Spectacles, No. 67, between Bishopsgate Street, and the Royal Exchange, in Cornhill, London. A catalogue of circa 120 'Optical, Philosophical and Mathematical instruments' with their prices. 6 3/4"x12" (Calv. 309)
Trade card. Nathaniel Hill, at the Globe & Sun, in Chancery Lane, Fleet Street, London. Globe Maker, & Engraver. Mathematical Instruments. 13" x 8" (Calv. 194)
Trade Card:- Edward Nairne, at the Golden Spectacles, Reflecting Telescope and Hadley's Quadrant, in Cornhill, opposite the Royal Exchange, London. Optical, Philosophical and Mathematical Instrument-Maker. 6 1/2"x9 3/4" (Calv. 281)
Trade card: Advertisement. At James Ayscough's, at the Great Golden Spectacles, Ludgate Street, London. optician, seller of optical mathematical and philsophical instruments. n.d.  17x10.5cm conserved backed and edged to 20.3x13.5cm. letterpress description of goods. (Calv. 23) (C.C. 118)
A. Abraham & Co., Opticians and Mathematical Instrument Makers
Trade card: Advertisement for A. Abraham & Co., Opticians and Mathematical Instrument Makers, 20 Lord Street, Liverpool., established 1817. ms date 1855, 9.2x12cm, conserved backed and edged to 13.2x15.4cm Description of goods offered, some prices, (Calv. 1) (C.C. 75)