Making the Modern World

     

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    Equipment for spinning viscose rayon, 1901.

    Godet of early spinning machine for viscose silk, designed by Charles. F. Topham Esq. in 1901 plus two spindles.

     
    Sir Hiram Maxim's 'Pipe of Peace' bronchial inhaler, 1909-1910.

    2 boxed sets of Maxim's inhaler, Sir Hiram Maxims "Pipe of Peace", with drug prepared by John Morgan Richards and Sons Ltd., London. One is illustrated.

     
    Scissors, 1850-1900.

    Scissors, very elaborate exhibition piece, steel with gilt brass handle in form of a dagger, by J. Moseley and Son, London, 1850-190 Steel is an ideal material for objects required for cutting, such as scissors. The ability of steel to be heat treat

     
    Bush television receiver, type TV22, 1950.

    One of the most popular television sets in the early 1950s, this Bush television set has a 'walnut' Bakelite cabinet and an innovatory nine-inch screen. Bakelite was the first synthetic material used for television cases and was a cheaper alternative

     
    Bush television receiver, type TV22, 1950.

    One of the most popular television sets in the early 1950s, this Bush television set has a 'walnut' Bakelite cabinet and an innovatory nine-inch screen. Bakelite was the first synthetic material used for television cases and was a cheaper alternative

     
    Barber's shaving bowl, French, c 1715-1830.

    This bowl was used to collect the blood from shaving cuts. In the 19th century most men visited the barber or shaved periodically at home. Better off customers would have their own personal sets of razors, one for each day of the week. Advances in ra

     
    Model of Jenning's patent water closet, c 1900.

    Working model of Jennings patent water closet, in case, c. 1900.

     
    Defibrillator, 1970-1980.

    Defibrillator, battery operated type 180c with type 182 rechargeable power pack and paddles, by Cardiac Recorders Ltd., London

     
    Apple II desktop computer and monitor, 1977.

    Personal Computer by Apple - model Apple II S/n A2S126608. The Apple II was designed and built by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak by the end of 1976. It was the first mass-marketed personal computer. The Apple II was a single-board computer like the App

     
    Crick and Watson's DNA molecular model, 1953.

    Reconstruction of the double helix model of DNA built by Francis Crick and James Watson in 1953 using some of the original metal plates (Inv No 1977-300)