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Herschel's seven-foot telescope, 1795-1816.

Dated to the start of the nineteenth century, this reflecting telescope was made by the famous astronomer, William Herschel for his sister Caroline. She was William's lifelong observing assistant and an astronomer in her own right having discovered

 
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

 
Analogue music synthesizer, 1970.

V.C.S. 3 music synthesizer made by Electronic Music Studios, London Ltd.

 
Stylophone, electronic mini organ, c 1968.

Stylophone; a 6 1/2" x 3 3/4" electronic "mini organ".