On Display

Power loom, 1851.

Power loom manufactured by J. Harrison and Son and fitted with the loose reed emergency stop mechanism of 1842. Exhibited at the Great Exhibition of 1851 ina part of the displays entitled 'Machinery in Motion', and subsequently modified by the maker

 
Equipment for spinning viscose rayon, 1901.

Godet of early spinning machine for viscose silk, designed by Charles. F. Topham Esq. in 1901 plus two spindles.

 
Sir Hiram Maxim's 'Pipe of Peace' bronchial inhaler, 1909-1910.

2 boxed sets of Maxim's inhaler, Sir Hiram Maxims "Pipe of Peace", with drug prepared by John Morgan Richards and Sons Ltd., London. One is illustrated.

 
Scissors, 1850-1900.

Scissors, very elaborate exhibition piece, steel with gilt brass handle in form of a dagger, by J. Moseley and Son, London, 1850-190 Steel is an ideal material for objects required for cutting, such as scissors. The ability of steel to be heat treat

 
Bush television receiver, type TV22, 1950.

One of the most popular television sets in the early 1950s, this Bush television set has a 'walnut' Bakelite cabinet and an innovatory nine-inch screen. Bakelite was the first synthetic material used for television cases and was a cheaper alternative

 
Bush television receiver, type TV22, 1950.

One of the most popular television sets in the early 1950s, this Bush television set has a 'walnut' Bakelite cabinet and an innovatory nine-inch screen. Bakelite was the first synthetic material used for television cases and was a cheaper alternative

 
Double A-frame sextant of 12 inch radius, 1788-1803.

Dated to the late eighteenth century, this brass sextant was made by the London instrument makers, John and Edward Trougton. With its tripod stand and telescopic sights, it was designed for use in navigation, surveying and hydrography. The sextant c

 
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

 
'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.