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Edison's filament lamp, American, 1879.

Very early incandescent electric lamp made by Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931), this lamp has a single loop of carbon which glowed when a current flowed through it. The glass bulb (made by the glass blower, Boehm) was evacuated so that there was so lit

 
Wooden statue of Saint Margaret, possibly French, 1700-1850.

Wooden statue of Saint Margaret of Antioch, patron of nurses, invoked by married woman and against sterility, wounds and facial blemishes, possibly French, 1700-1850

 
Maudslay's screw-cutting lathe, c 1800.

Model of original screw-cutting lathe by Henry Maudslay, 1800. Before Maudslay's invention, screws were crudely made by hand. In this machine the combination of Maudslay's slide rest wih a power-driven screw feed was the prototype of the modern screw

 
Enema syringes, 18th-19th century.

Large ivory enema syringe, piston action, French, 18th century. Illustrated in the middle of the image with A606171 (19th century plastic enema syringe) on the right and A626202 (19th century brass enema syringe) on the left.

 

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".

 
DNA synthesiser, c 1980.

DNA synthesiser designed and built by Celltech, First generation c. 1980

 
Holmes arc lamp from South Foreland Lighthouse, c 1860-1880.

Holmes' arc lamp from South Foreland Lighthouse