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Motorola MicroTAC cellular telephone, 1993.

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

 
A scientific lecture, 1802.

Coloured etching, `Scientific Researches! - New Discoveries in Pneumaticks! - or, an Experimental Lecture on the Powers of Air' a print by James Gillray (1757-1815). A demonstration involving the breaking of wind! Scene shows a discourse at the R

 
'The Thames Tunnel' peepshow, c 1851.

A peepshow, entitled, "The Thames Tunnel", in 5 lithographed sections and front, hand coloured, with 2 peepholes in cover, the cover scene of Tunnel staircase with vignettes including Crystal Palace and Parliament buildings; in original box. Publishe

 
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

 
Parsons' steam turbine-generator, 1884.

Parsons' original Steam Turbine generator with spare guide ring and fan 1884. Made by Clarke, Chapman, Parsons & Co. This machine is the forerunner of the turbo-generators that today provide most of the world's electricity. It is the first experiment

 
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

 
Sample of Bessemer steel, 1860.

Sample of Bessemer steel, one slice cut from the muzzle of a gun section, bent cold under the steam hammer. Sir Henry Bessemer (1813-1898) was an English inventor and engineer who invented a cheap process for manufacturing steel. He patented a proces

 
Con Edison's 'Plan Your Kitchen Kit', c 1958.

Con Edison's Plan Your Kitchen Kit, a kitchen planning aid supplied free to customers by the Consolidated Edison Company, New York, ca. 1958.

 
'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