Making the Modern World

     

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    Swan's electric filament lamp, 1878-1879.

    Early carbon and rod filament incandescent electric lamp 1878-9. Made by the English chemist, Joseph Swan (1827-1914).

     
    Set of vaccination lancets, 19th century.

    Six lancets, steel and tortoiseshell, by Weiss of London, in shagreen and silver case, 19th century, relic of Jenner

     
    Chronoscope, 1921-39.

    Chronoscope made by the National Institute of Industrial Psychology(NIIP), London, and was used to measure reaction times in pyschological tests, c.1921-1939. A chronoscope is used for measuring small amounts of time, to an accuracy of 1/1000th of a

     
    Chronoscope, 1921-39.

    Chronoscope made by the National Institute of Industrial Psychology(NIIP), London, and was used to measure reaction times in pyschological tests, c.1921-1939. A chronoscope is used for measuring small amounts of time, to an accuracy of 1/1000th of a

     
    Flymo Super Professional 47 rotary air cushion mower, 1979-1980.

    This mower is an example of the now famous Hover mower made by Flymo Ltd, of Darlington, Co Durham. It was Flymo who made the air-cushion mower into a practical proposition, and into an everyday sight on the lawns of Great Britain.

     
    Ammoniaphone, 'for voice cultivation by chemical means', English, 1871-1900.

    Metal ammoniaphone, for voice cultivation, in box, invented by Dr. Carter Moffat, manufactured by Medical Battery Co., London

     
    Plane table outfit, 1745-1755.

    This plane table was made by Benjamin Cole. Plane tabling is a method of survey which allows observations to be plotted directly on a map by a surveyor in the field. Modern versions are still used today for filling in or updating detail on street pla

     
    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

     
    Cooke and Wheatstone two-needle telegraph in Gothic case, 1851.
     
    Early Bell telephone and terminal panel, 1877.

    Early bell telephone and terminal panel, 1877, used at Osborne Cottage, 14th January 1878