Making the Modern World

     

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    Laennec's stethoscope, c 1820.

    Laennec stethoscope made by Laennec. Labelled as follows: This is one of Laennec's original stethoscopes, and it was presented by him to Dr Begin a French Army surgeon whose widow gave it to me in 1863.

     
    Wolf 'Challenge' domestic electric drill, c 1960.

    Wolf 'Challenge' domestic electric drill, c. 1960.

     
    Assorted paint and glue pots, 1950s.

    Tin of 'Casco' casein glue, grade A dry powder to be mixed quickly with water. Manufactured in Great Britain by Leicester, Lovell & Co. Ltd., Ebley Mills, Stroud, Gloucestershire. c. 1955.

     
    Steam threshing machine, 1860.

    Model (scale 1:4). This model represents a double-blast threshing machine made in 1860 by Wallis, Haslam and Steevens. The machine was designed to be powered by a portable steam engine or, as the 19th century progressed, more often by an agricultur

     
    Budding's patent lawn mower No 3157, 1832.

    Lawn mower, built by J. R. and A. Ransomes of Ipswich to Edwin Budding's patent No. 3157 of 1830

     
    McCormick's reaper, 1831.

    Model (scale 1:6) of the original reaping machine built and demonstrated in 1831 by Cyrus H. McCormick. The model is one of a number displayed at the Paris Exposition Universelle in 1900 by the McCormick Harvesting Machine Co . It represents Cyrus Mc

     
    Toothbrushes with ivoride handles, c 1870-1920.

    Two horsehair toothbrushes with ivoride handles produced by Savory and Moore in London. The Chinese are credited with inventing the use of toothbrushes and toothpastes, although the ancient Egyptians used branches with frayed ends to clean their teet

     
    Holmes arc lamp from South Foreland Lighthouse, c 1860-1880.

    Holmes' arc lamp from South Foreland Lighthouse

     
    Short SC 1 VTOL aircraft XG900, 1957.

    Short S.C.1 VTOL Aircraft XG900. The Short SC 1 was the first British fixed-wing vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft. It was designed as a test aircraft for the Rolls-Royce RB 108 vertical lift turbojet. The SC 1 did achieve vertical take-o

     
    Motorola MicroTAC cellular telephone, 1993.

    MICROTAC Cellular Telephone Model No F09UTD8924AA, Serial No 745DPU0206. by Motorola Inc. USA, 1993, complete with nickel cadmium battery