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Barber's shaving bowl, French, c 1715-1830.

This bowl was used to collect the blood from shaving cuts. In the 19th century most men visited the barber or shaved periodically at home. Better off customers would have their own personal sets of razors, one for each day of the week. Advances in ra

Model of Jenning's patent water closet, c 1900.

Working model of Jennings patent water closet, in case, c. 1900.

Bowl from Hiroshima, Japan, 1945.

Porcelain bowl, retrieved from Hiroshima after the atomic bomb explosion, August 1945

Ceramic paperweight of the contraceptive pill, c 1970.

This paperweight was made to represent a contraceptive pill. The contraceptive pill became available in 1960. It uses female hormones to control fertility and became commercially viable when it was discovered that the Mexican yam was a cheap natural

Laennec's stethoscope, c 1820.

Laennec stethoscope made by Laennec. Labelled as follows: This is one of Laennec's original stethoscopes, and it was presented by him to Dr Begin a French Army surgeon whose widow gave it to me in 1863.

Wolf 'Challenge' domestic electric drill, c 1960.

Wolf 'Challenge' domestic electric drill, c. 1960.

Assorted paint and glue pots, 1950s.

Tin of 'Casco' casein glue, grade A dry powder to be mixed quickly with water. Manufactured in Great Britain by Leicester, Lovell & Co. Ltd., Ebley Mills, Stroud, Gloucestershire. c. 1955.

Steam threshing machine, 1860.

Model (scale 1:4). This model represents a double-blast threshing machine made in 1860 by Wallis, Haslam and Steevens. The machine was designed to be powered by a portable steam engine or, as the 19th century progressed, more often by an agricultur

Lockheed 10A Electra, serial no 1037, 1935.

Lockheed 10A Electra. The aircraft is pictured outside a hangar at the Science Museum's Wroughton airfield in Wiltshire. The Electra first flew in February 1934, and with its low-wing, all-metal monoplane contruction, supercharged air-cooled wing-mou

Holmes' lighthouse generator, 1867.

Electric generator, one of two later installed in Souter Point lighthouse, by Frederick Hale Homes, 1867.