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Early sewing machine by Elias Howe, c 1846.

Elias Howe's lockstitch sewing machine, c. 1846. This was the first practical sewing machine to be brought to England from America by Amasa Howe, who sold it to William Thomas. Thomas took out a British patent for the design and founded the Thomas Co

 
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

 

2 metal containers, each containing 12x100mg of Distaval Forte tablets (thalidomide), by The Distillers Co. Ltd., 1958-1962

 

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

 
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".