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Felt and Tarrant Comptometer, 1887.
Comptometer, early form (wooden box), 72 keys numbered, plate on top of box engraved " Trade Comptometer mark, Patd. July 19th 1887, Oct 11th 1887, Jan 8th 1889, June 11th 1889, Nov 25th 1890, Dec 15th 1891, Felt & Tarrant Manufacturing Co., Chicago"
'Jedi' helmet, used with Cryogenic Magnetic Resonance Imaging Machine
One of five 'Jedi helmets,' silver inner helmet, used with Cryogenic Magnetic Resonance Imaging Machine and associated computing equipment by Data General, United States, 1980.
Henley needle galvanometer, 1855-1860
Henley needle galvanometer used in receiving the first telegraphic message transmitted across the Atlantic Ocean, made by W T Henley, British, around 1858.
Home-made equipment for 30-line television reception, 1929-1935
Home-made equipment for 30-line television reception, unknown maker, British, 1929-35. Comprises Nipkow disc, neon lamp, viewing lens, phonic-wheel unit, home recorded discs of signals, square punch for Nipkow disc).
Spark gap or knob coherer, 1889
Spark gap or knob coherer, unknown maker, England, 1889. Used by Sir Oliver Lodge to first show the coherer effect and detect electric surgings by closing the circuit of a galvanometer during experiments on lightning guards.
Wheatstone ABC telegraph receiver, 1942
ABC telegraph receiver, invented by Sir Charles Wheatstone, unknown maker, England, 1842
VSAAF K20 aircraft camera, 1940-1945
USAAF Aircraft camera, type K20 Serial No. AC-45-552, designed by Fairchild and manufactured by Folmer Graflex Corporation, Rochester, New York, United States, 1940-1945
Spring-driven pendulum clock by Johannes van Ceulen of The Hague, c. 1695
Pendulum bracket clock, spring driven, with black japanned wooden case by Johannes van Ceulen of the Hague, Netherlands, 1670-1680.
Locomotives and Rolling Stock
Steam locomotive, remains of Robert Stephenson's 0-2-2 locomotive 'Rocket', designed by Robert Stephenson and made by Robert Stephenson & Co., Newcastle upon Tyne, England, 1829
replica of the satellite Telstar 1 from 1962, 1982
Full-scale replica of the Telstar 1 communications satellite original made by Bell Systems and launched in 1962, made by the Aeronautical and General Instruments Company, Croydon, England, 1982.
Replica of Daguerre-Giroux camera
1839 (original); c. 1988 (replica)
Replica of Daguerre-Giroux camera. Sliding box camera for daguerreotype plates up to 300x220cm. Plate holder replica of original in Museum of Science, Oxford. Achromat lens; sliding lens cover. Ex-Cromer Collection (donated April 1950). Stand is a modern replica by Science Museum workshop about 1988.
Dial telephone, ivory, 200 series
200 series dial telephone, ivory colour, unsigned, British, 1945-1959
Morland's calculating machine, engraved "Samuel Morland, Inventor, 1666"
Morland's calculating machine, engraved "Samuel Morland, Inventor, 1666"; in leather box Humphrey Adamson, mathemtical instrument maker active 1668-1676, made the calculating machine invented by Samuel Morland.
Thomson's Mirror Marine Galvanometer, 1858
Electricity and Magnetism
(Lord Kelvin) Thomson's marine mirror galvanometer, made by White & Barr, Glasgow, Scotland, 1858
House clock, balance-wheel brass lantern clock
Balance-wheel brass lantern clock, with two driving weights and one counterweight, by Thomas Knifton, Cross Keys, Lothbury, London, England, 1645-1655.
Clark's block signalling telegraph instrument, 1854
Signalling & Telecommunications
Clark's block signalling telegraph instrument, invented by Edwin Clark, probably made by W T Henley's Telegraph Works Company for the Electric Telegraph Company, London, England, 1854. This type of instrument was used of the London and North Western Railway Line between London and Rugby from 1855
Demonstration model of Babbage's Difference Engine No. 1, 19th century.
Computing & Data Processing
Trial model for part of Babbage's difference engine, on board
Voigtlander daguerreotype camera
Daguerreotype camera made by Voigtlander & Sohn, Wien. All metal camera for circular daguerreotype plates 95mm in diameter. Petzval lens c.f/3.8; conical focusing screen holder; darkroom loaded; camera rests on telescopic stand with three levelling screws. Plate holder and lens hood possibly reproductions. No 81.
Three-ring Enigma cypher machine in oak wood transit case
Three-ring Enigma cypher machine complete in oak wood transit case, together with original German battery (Serial number A6421/1937), unsigned, Germany, 1934 (see Note)
A.B.C. telegraph transmitter, 1835-1845
Magneto-electric ABC transmitter, patented by Charles Wheatstone and William Fothergill Cooke, British, around 1840.
Ferranti Steam Alternator
Inverted vertical cross-compound steam engine, made by S. Z. de Ferranti Ltd, Hollinwood, 1900 and fitted with Siemens alternator. Sometimes known as a 'Ferranti Steam Alternator.'
Ford Model T car
1912 Ford Model T motor car, made in Trafford Park, Manchester.
Altazimuth theodolite by Benjamin Cole & Son, London, 1755-65. Without wooden tripod base.
Oil filter made by the Vacuum Oil Company Limited and distributed by Kays of Leeds, c.1930.
Belsize two-seater motor car
Two-seater motor car with folding hood and dickey seat, made by Belsize Motors Ltd, Clayton, Manchester, c.1912, with an accompanying illustrated catalogue of cars manufactured by Belsize Motors Limited, Manchester printed in 1914.
carriage ashtray from Quintinshill disaster
Miscellanea & Curiosities
Railway carriage ashtray, brass, mounted on wooden plinth with brass plate engraved ‘Quintinshill 1915’, made by Thomas Henry Barnfather Smith.
Prestwich cinematographic camera
Prestwich cinematographic camera, used by Mr H.G. Ponting in Scott's Antarctic Expedition, 1910.
Coast Navigator, silvered brass analogue computer
Coast Navigator, silvered brass analogue computer on mahogany panel, patented by Norwood Harrison and made by T. Barton, Limehouse, London
'Pedoscope' shoe-fitting X-ray viewer
Pedoscope, by the Pedoscope Company Limited, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England, 1948-1953
Motor car, made by the Imperial Autocar Manufacturing Co. Ltd, Manchester, 1904.
Lifting & Mechanical Handling
Hydraulic accumulator, made by Mather & Platt Ltd, Newton Heath, Manchester, c.1907.
Samuel Clegg Steam Engine Model
Beam engine model of vertical single-cylinder engine, made by Samuel Clegg of Manchester, c.1825.
Barograph clock by Alexander Cumming, 1766
Barograph Clock by Alexander Cumming, 1766. From 1814 onwards, this clock was used by the famed meteorologist Luke Howard to make systematic observations that are among the world’s first urban climate studies. It incorporates a mercury barograph mechanism for measuring changes in air pressure, which are recorded on the circular paper chart around the outside of the dial. The clock had been made in 1766 by the noted London clockmaker Alexander Cumming, three years after he completed a similar device for King George III, a prominent patron of science. Two tubes of mercury are concealed in the fluted wooden columns visible inside the glass trunk door. An ivory cistern and a wood and ivory pen cage run in ivory rollers connecting the pressure-measuring mechanism to the recording dial. The clock is housed in an exuberant carved mahogany case believed to be by the esteemed cabinet-maker Thomas Chippendale.
Chronometer in Gold Case by Thomas Earnsham, 1795-1810
Gold-cased Chronometer watch no.728 made by Thomas Earnshaw, 1795-1810
36-drawer wooden cabinet, with drawers numbered 37 to 72, from the Viscount Castlereagh Collection for Alicante, Spain
Weighing & Measuring
36-drawer wooden cabinet, with drawers numbered 37 to 72, from the Viscount Castlereagh Collection for Alicante, Spain, unsigned, Alicante, Valencia, Spain, 1815-1818
Ornamental turning 'rose-engine' lathe
Hand and Machine Tools
Ornamental turning 'rose-engine' lathe, unsigned, Germany, c. 1740
Rotary convertor, 1900-1950
Large rotary converter No. 28554, made by Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Company Limited, Chelmsford, Essex, England, 1900-1950
Burroughs hand operated adding and listing machine
Burroughs hand operated adding and listing machine, serial no. 5029, by Burroughs Adding Machine Company, Detroit, dated 1913.
F.H. Royce Two-Cylinder Motor Engine
Four-stroke two-cylinder motor car engine, made by F. H. Royce & Co., Manchester, 1904. the car has long been scrapped and all that remain are the engine itself, with fan, water pump, magnets, flywheel, clutch and gear box mounted on a metal frame.
Chadwick Vertical Steam Engine
Single-cylinder vertical engine, made by John Chadwick, Manchester, c.1860.
Isle of Man Railway "Pender" Locomotive
Locomotives and Rolling Stock
Isle of Man Railway locomotive no. 3, named 'Pender', Order Number 2965 made by Beyer, Peacock & Co. Ltd, Gorton Works, Manchester, 1873.
John Wood diagonal reciprocating steam engine
Double diagonal engine; overhead crankshaft two cylinder slide valve, diagoal steam engine with Pickering Govenor. Cast iron fram, cylinders in line with one forked connecting rod. Made by John Wood, Ramsbottom, 1890
National Horizontal Gas Engine
Single-cylinder horizontal engine, type KBGE, no. 193552 made by National Gas & Oil Engine Co. Ltd, Ashton-under-Lyne, c.1900.