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Arkwright's original drawing frame (lantern frame), c 1775.

Arkwright's drawing frame, commonly known as a lantern frame, c.1780. 'Drawing' was part of the preparatory processes applied to cotton prior to it being spun - Drawing both strengthens and evens the fibres and adds some twist. This machine was proba

Folding joiner's workbench, c 1969.

Folding joiner's bench, the fore runner of the 'workmate' bench.

Remington Arms lock-stitch sewing machine, 'Empire' model, 1870.

Original Remington Arms lock-stitch sewing machine head: the 'Empire' model of 1870. The Empire Sewing Machine Company made this model from about 1860. In 1870, the United States Remington Small Arms Company took over the company but continued to ma

Motorola StarTAC mobile phone, 1997.

STAR TAC mobile telephone by Motorola, Alencon Link, Basingstoke, Hampshire, 1997.

Excell M2 Pocketphone, 1987.

Excell M2 Pocketphone, cellular mobile phone made by Excell Communications, 1987

Watt's separate condenser, second model, 1765.

Second model separate condenser, formerly described as the "original" model. Made by James Watt (1736-1819), 1765. Early Newcomen engines were inefficient as their working cycle entailed continual heating and cooling of the cylinder, which wasted fue

Babbage's Difference Engine No. 1 (Trial Portion), 1832

Trial portion of the Difference Engine, the first known automatic calculator.

Red Cross fund-raising brooch made from Zeppelin wire, 1917.

Brooch made of wire from the first Zeppelin brought-down in England, mounted on card by the British Red Cross, presumably for fund-rising purposes, c.1917

Cooke and Wheatstone five-needle telegraph, 1837.

Cooke and Wheatstone's earliest (five-needle) telegraph, 1837

Thalomid (thalidomide) capsules, 1999.

THALOMID (thalidomide) in blister pack marketed for use in treating leprosy, HIV infection and some cancers under strictly controlled conditions