Making the Modern World


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    Raleigh Chopper bicycle MK 2, 1978

    The 'Chopper' children's bicycle.

    'Electric Build-it Set', c 1956-1960.

    Model E-1 'Electric Build-it Set' by Electric Games Co., Inc Holyoak, MA, USA

    Mechanical cash register, c 1910.

    Cash register, National model 422X, mechanical with paper receipt printer, serial no. 1520476. by the National Cash Register Company, c.1910. The National Cash Register Company, so named after it was sold by the inventor in 1884, dominated the saleso

    Edison's filament lamp, American, 1879.

    Very early incandescent electric lamp made by Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931), this lamp has a single loop of carbon which glowed when a current flowed through it. The glass bulb (made by the glass blower, Boehm) was evacuated so that there was so lit

    Wooden statue of Saint Margaret, possibly French, 1700-1850.

    Wooden statue of Saint Margaret of Antioch, patron of nurses, invoked by married woman and against sterility, wounds and facial blemishes, possibly French, 1700-1850

    Maudslay's screw-cutting lathe, c 1800.

    Model of original screw-cutting lathe by Henry Maudslay, 1800. Before Maudslay's invention, screws were crudely made by hand. In this machine the combination of Maudslay's slide rest wih a power-driven screw feed was the prototype of the modern screw

    Enema syringes, 18th-19th century.

    Large ivory enema syringe, piston action, French, 18th century. Illustrated in the middle of the image with A606171 (19th century plastic enema syringe) on the right and A626202 (19th century brass enema syringe) on the left.

    Arkwright 's prototype spinning machine, 1769.

    Arkwright's prototype spinning machine, 1769. The machine uses the drawing roller method invented by Lewis Paul in 1738. It was constructed with the assistance of John Kay, clockmaker. The cotton fibres to be spun passed through four pairs of rolle

    Avro Vulcan, experimental model, c 1950s.

    Silvered radar echo measurement model of the Vulcan aircraft built and used at the Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough, UK. The model is chrome painted with a black stripe on the nose section. Built by A V Roe of Manchester between 1955 and 196

    Pewter sauce boat with unknown touchmark, English, 18th century.

    Pewter sauce boat, unknown touchmark, English, 18th century. Pewter is an alloy of tin which can contain small amounts of lead, copper, antimony and bismuth. Athough known to the Egyptians, pewter was not widely used until Roman times, when it was us