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Raingo orrery clock, French, 1830-1832.

Dated 1830--2, this ornate planetary model was made by the Parisian clock makers, Raingo Frères. Called an orrery or more correctly a tellurium, it is a demonstration device to show the motions of the Earth and Moon around the Sun. It consists of a

 
'Royal' all transistor tape recorder, c 1958-1965.

`Royal' all transistor tape recorder Model IM-501, with microphone and earphone, and original packaging. Serial No. 04114. Made in Japan c1958-1965.

 
Sunbeam Ironmaster iron, c 1955.

Sunbeam Ironmaster Model X21 electric dry iron, 225-250V, 780-970W, AC only, with maroon plastic body, chromed soleplate. Made by Sunbeam Electric Limited, East Kilbride, Glasgow c1955

 

3 metal containers, each containing 25 tablets of Tensival (contains thalidomide), by The Distillers Company Ltd., 1958-1962

 
Glass bubbles for testing proof spirits, c 1840-1850.

Round mahogany box 3 1/4 diam containing 18 coloured glass bubbles for measuring the density of proof spirits by A. Maroni 34 Brunswick Place c. 1840-1850"

 
Barber's shaving bowl, French, c 1715-1830.

This bowl was used to collect the blood from shaving cuts. In the 19th century most men visited the barber or shaved periodically at home. Better off customers would have their own personal sets of razors, one for each day of the week. Advances in ra

 
Model of Jenning's patent water closet, c 1900.

Working model of Jennings patent water closet, in case, c. 1900.

 
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

 
Lockheed 10A Electra, serial no 1037, 1935.

Lockheed 10A Electra. The aircraft is pictured outside a hangar at the Science Museum's Wroughton airfield in Wiltshire. The Electra first flew in February 1934, and with its low-wing, all-metal monoplane contruction, supercharged air-cooled wing-mou

 
Jodrell Bank Radio Telescope, c 1957.

This model (scale 1:200), of the Lovell Radio Telescope at Jodrell Bank, Cheshire was made in 1961. United Steel Companies Companies, who constructed the radio telescope for Manchester University, also built this model. Known as the Mark-1 Telescop