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    Circumferentor, 1750-1763.

    This circumferentor was made by George Adams of London, one of the top instrument makers of the day. It was used between 1750-1763 on the survey of the Mason-Dixon line, in America. The instrument is inscribed in an engraved circle; 'Geo: Adams LONDO

     
    Original pilot Bessemer converter, 1856.

    Sir Henry Bessemer (1813-1898) was an English inventor and engineer who invented a cheap process for maufacturing steel. He patented a process by which molten pig iron was converted to steel by blowing air through it in a Bessemer converter.This remo

     
    Jumper produced with wool taken from Dolly the sheep, 1998.

    Jumper knitted from the first fleece of the sheep named 'Dolly' which was the first animal to be born as a result of cloning an adult cell.

     
    'The Activity' paint roller in metal paint tray, 1954-1964.

    `The Activity' paint roller with metal paint tray and card storage box. A Wallpaper Stores Product. 1954-1964.

     
    Original mirror for William Herschel's 40 foot telescope, 1785.

    The astronomer, Sir William Herschel made this 48-inch concave metal mirror for his '40-Foot Telescope' at Slough, England. Cast in 1785, the mirror is made of speculum, a bronze alloy with arsenic for a more lustrous finish. Weighing only half a t

     
    Arkwright's original drawing frame (lantern frame), c 1775.

    Arkwright's drawing frame, commonly known as a lantern frame, c.1780. 'Drawing' was part of the preparatory processes applied to cotton prior to it being spun - Drawing both strengthens and evens the fibres and adds some twist. This machine was proba

     
    Folding joiner's workbench, c 1969.

    Folding joiner's bench, the fore runner of the 'workmate' bench.

     
    Remington Arms lock-stitch sewing machine, 'Empire' model, 1870.

    Original Remington Arms lock-stitch sewing machine head: the 'Empire' model of 1870. The Empire Sewing Machine Company made this model from about 1860. In 1870, the United States Remington Small Arms Company took over the company but continued to ma

     
    Motorola StarTAC mobile phone, 1997.

    STAR TAC mobile telephone by Motorola, Alencon Link, Basingstoke, Hampshire, 1997.

     
    Excell M2 Pocketphone, 1987.

    Excell M2 Pocketphone, cellular mobile phone made by Excell Communications, 1987