Making the Modern World


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    Early sewing machine by Elias Howe, c 1846.

    Elias Howe's lockstitch sewing machine, c. 1846. This was the first practical sewing machine to be brought to England from America by Amasa Howe, who sold it to William Thomas. Thomas took out a British patent for the design and founded the Thomas Co

    Mobile X-ray van, English, c 1955.

    Model of a mobile mass miniature x-ray unit, cutaway to reveal equipment, operators and patients, English. 1010 mm long.

    The Rolls-Royce vertical take-off-thrust measuring rig, 1954.

    Rolls-Royce V.T.O. Test Bed, XJ 314, (Flying Bedstead), 1954

    Avro 504K biplane D7560 with 130hp Clerget engine, c 1917.

    Avro 504K biplane D7560 with 130hp Clerget engine no. 52090; The Avro 504 first appeared in 1913 and was in service with the Royal Flying Corps during WWI. As early as November 1914, three 504s carried out a 'mass' bombing raid on German airship cons

    Sinclair Cambridge Memory electronic calculator, 1974.

    Sinclair Cambridge Memory Electronic Calculator, 1974. This was one of a series of pocket calculators introduced by Clive Sinclair in the early 1970s, beginning with the 'Executive' in 1972. Sinclair was able to make a calculator small and light enou

    Sinclair ZX80 microcomputer, 1980.

    The Sinclair ZX80 was the first computer made to appeal to the mass market. Sinclair Research Ltd of Cambridge developed it as a build-it-yourself programmable computer that was designed to connect to a television set or cassette recorder. It was sma

    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

    Defibrillator, 1970-1980.

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