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Help us to identify these objects. Some of our donations are so unusual that we have no idea of their identity, purpose or operation. Maybe you are familiar with some of the objects or can tell us, from their description, how they work

Image of MOVIE FILM VIEWER?, circa 1930

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MOVIE FILM VIEWER?, circa 1930

Although not proven, it appears to be a means of viewing film of a width of 28mm on a metal slide with 3 apertures of (12.5mm marked 1/2), (10mm marked point one), (and 20mm marked with the figure 2). The word centimetres are also present. The viewer enables individual frames to be inspected, illuminated by a bulb powered by an internal battery, and a lever switch on the front (not shown). Made by J.R.Gill 61 Cheapside London E.C. Originally a Mystery Object.

The unanswered question, why is the illumination above the film, with none below, unless there is something missing. Below the slide is a hole into the battery compartment.

Bruce Hammond Dated this to be 1910, this seems a little early.

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Image of TOOL INSTRUMENT No256 GPO TOOL, 1933

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TOOL INSTRUMENT No256 GPO TOOL, 1933

Unknown device used by the GPO.

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A1567

Image of A MEDICAL INSTRUMENT?

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A MEDICAL INSTRUMENT?

The object is about 1 foot (30 cms) long. The tube has space for a number of batteries and has a mechanism at the 'spatula' end presumably for stimulating the spatula in some way.

It looks like the object has a medical purpose, but exactly what?

Bruce Hammond Collection

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Image of  CAMERA WITH IRIS TYPE LENS MOUNT

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CAMERA WITH IRIS TYPE LENS MOUNT

With a ground glass plate at the hidden end this object is almost certainly a camera. However the lens shown is not the original.
This object will be accessioned shortly as we now believe it to be a camera with an Iris for mounting a variety of lens's as suggested.
If anyone recognises it please let us know.

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Image of FIELD TELEPHONE

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FIELD TELEPHONE

One for the experts. Apart from it being a field telephone we know nothing about this item.

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