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Jumper produced with wool taken from Dolly the sheep, 1998.

Jumper knitted from the first fleece of the sheep named 'Dolly' which was the first animal to be born as a result of cloning an adult cell.

 
Original mirror for William Herschel's 40 foot telescope, 1785.

The astronomer, Sir William Herschel made this 48-inch concave metal mirror for his '40-Foot Telescope' at Slough, England. Cast in 1785, the mirror is made of speculum, a bronze alloy with arsenic for a more lustrous finish. Weighing only half a t

 
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

 
Kundo 'Space Timer' radio-controlled desk clock, 1988.

The Space Timer was one of the first mass-produced radio-controlled clocks. It is synchronised by time signals transmitted from Frankfurt in Germany and indicates Mid-Euopean time, which is one hour fast of Greenwich. It automaticlly resets itself fo

 
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

 
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.