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An eclectic collection of items that tell stories and ignite curiosity

Background imageItems Collection: Workshop of a saddler and upholsterer

Workshop of a saddler and upholsterer
The workshop of a saddler and upholsterer, with finished items including trunks, bags and a chair (top right)

Background imageItems Collection: Cast iron Victorian walking stick stand

Cast iron Victorian walking stick stand

Background imageItems Collection: Sheela-na-Gig on the church wall of Killinaboy, Burren, County Clare, Ireland, Europe

Sheela-na-Gig on the church wall of Killinaboy, Burren, County Clare, Ireland, Europe

Background imageItems Collection: Snakes and ladders

Snakes and ladders board game

Background imageItems Collection: SEM diamond stylus travelling through LP grooves H100 / 0086

SEM diamond stylus travelling through LP grooves H100 / 0086
Scanning electron micrograph of a diamond stylus travelling through the grooves of a long-playing, stereo record. The grooves are cut into a flat disc of polyvinyl chloride

Background imageItems Collection: Stylus in LP record

Stylus in LP record
Stylus on LP record. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a stylus travelling through the grooves of a stereo vinyl record. The grooves are cut into a flat disc of polyvinyl chloride (PVC)

Background imageItems Collection: Advert for Shelley Vogue China 1931

Advert for Shelley Vogue China 1931
Shelleys Vogue shape coffee set, usual in yellow and black overlapping block pattern. Advertisement for new catalogue with Shelley china tea, coffee, morning and dinner sets. Date: 1931

Background imageItems Collection: Electric guitar and amplifier

Electric guitar and amplifier

Background imageItems Collection: Rubiks cube, artwork

Rubiks cube, artwork
Rubiks cube, computer artwork

Background imageItems Collection: Card index box

Card index box. Index cards arranged alphabetically in a box

Background imageItems Collection: Eye mask

Eye mask. This gel filled mask is cooled in a refrigerator before being placed on the face. The cooling effect is claimed to relieve tired eyes

Background imageItems Collection: Toy teeth

Toy teeth

Background imageItems Collection: Rubber ducks

Rubber ducks

Background imageItems Collection: Rubber duck

Rubber duck in a foamy bath

Background imageItems Collection: Chess pieces

Chess pieces on a chessboard

Background imageItems Collection: Various Whaling Items

Various Whaling Items
Various implements used in whaling

Background imageItems Collection: Rubber ducks

Rubber ducks in a foamy bath

Background imageItems Collection: German Diver Goes Down

German Diver Goes Down
A German diver goes down to the wreck of an Allied vessel, hoping to salvage useful items and materials

Background imageItems Collection: Electrical Magnet appliances 1929

Electrical Magnet appliances 1929
Products from the Harrods catalogue electrical department, including Magnet, irons, kettles, shaving pot, milk sterilizer, coffee percolator, water boiler, toaster, griller and toaster, towel rail

Background imageItems Collection: Advert for Oetzmann & Co. Victorian furniture 1890

Advert for Oetzmann & Co. Victorian furniture 1890
Variety of Victorian household items. 1890

Background imageItems Collection: Electric Fires 1929

Electric Fires 1929
Electrical heaters give cosy warmth instantly day and night no fumes no smoke, products for Harrods catalogue electrical department. 1929

Background imageItems Collection: Royal Ediswan, Edison and Swan United Electric Light Company 1919

Royal Ediswan, Edison and Swan United Electric Light Company 1919

Background imageItems Collection: Advert for Follows & Bates winding machines 1900s

Advert for Follows & Bates winding machines 1900s
Various machines from the late 19th Century early 20th century, advertised in The Ironmonger Diary and Text Book, for Follows & Bates in Manchester. Circa 1900

Background imageItems Collection: Advert for Goblin teasmade 1954

Advert for Goblin teasmade 1954
How nice to receive a Goblin teasmade. Every morning of the year to be wakened to morning tea freshly made, ready at your bedside for enjoyment in cosy comfort

Background imageItems Collection: Advert for Treasure Cot baby specialises 1930

Advert for Treasure Cot baby specialises 1930
Treasure Cot store devoted to mothers babies and children, with a selection of baby clothing, robe, dainty long flannel gown, shawl and a hand knitted carrying cape

Background imageItems Collection: Trade catalogue for copper moulds with tin lining 1911

Trade catalogue for copper moulds with tin lining 1911
Trade catalogue for Harrords department store, showing round fluted copper moulds with tin inside. Date: 1911

Background imageItems Collection: Board of Trade Rocket Apparatus for Saving Lives from Shipwr

Board of Trade Rocket Apparatus for Saving Lives from Shipwr
Engraving showing Board of Trade equipment for use to help shipwrecked sailors, 1886. The items are (from left to right, top to bottom)

Background imageItems Collection: Kumbo Market, Cameroon

Kumbo Market, Cameroon
African women seated in the market place, Kumbo, where they sell items such as sugar and bananas. Market day provides friendly gossip, but they travel far to get there

Background imageItems Collection: Nautilus Swim Club 1

Nautilus Swim Club 1
Fixture card of the Nautilus Swimming Club, a London club based at Camberwell Baths in south-east London. (see two subsequent items for their 1891 river picnic)

Background imageItems Collection: Advert for Daisy vacuum cleaner 1912

Advert for Daisy vacuum cleaner 1912
Daisy vacuum cleaner, manual vacuum cleaner using suction to remove dirt. 1912

Background imageItems Collection: Trade catalogue for jelly and cake moulds 1911

Trade catalogue for jelly and cake moulds 1911
Trade catalogue for Harrords department store, showing jelly and cake moulds in a variety of shapes. Date: 1911

Background imageItems Collection: Punch Bowl with mottoes from the Ancient and Honourable Society of Bucks, c. 1750 (earthenware)

Punch Bowl with mottoes from the Ancient and Honourable Society of Bucks, c. 1750 (earthenware)
7394045 Punch Bowl with mottoes from the Ancient and Honourable Society of Bucks, c.1750 (earthenware) by Liverpool Porcelain Factory (c.1754-1804); Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

Background imageItems Collection: Advert for Maple & Co furniture 1896

Advert for Maple & Co furniture 1896
Selection of household furnishings. Date: 1896

Background imageItems Collection: Advert for Maple & Co furniture 1895

Advert for Maple & Co furniture 1895
Selection of household furnishings. Date: 1895

Background imageItems Collection: Advert for Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Victorian items 1896

Advert for Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Victorian items 1896
A selection of Victorian household items; twin oil and vinegar bottles, solid silver candlestick holders, ornate mounted hair brush, cut crystal scent bottle, chased silver lamp with burner

Background imageItems Collection: Advert for Parkins and Gotto electrical novelties 1906

Advert for Parkins and Gotto electrical novelties 1906
Advertisement from 1906 for Parkins and Gotto, of Oxford Street, London, showing the wide range of electrical novelties, including a working model of the Metropolitan electric railway train with

Background imageItems Collection: Advert for Bensons luminous wrist watch 1915

Advert for Bensons luminous wrist watch 1915
Bensons active service wristlet watch, fully luminous figures and hands and self closing cover. Date: 1915

Background imageItems Collection: Thessaloniki, Greece - A Street Vendor

Thessaloniki, Greece - A Street Vendor - selling small items including this miniature carpet! Date: circa 1916

Background imageItems Collection: Cast iron skillet

Cast iron skillet

Background imageItems Collection: View of several bags of coloured dye powder

View of several bags of coloured dye powder
Dye. View of several bags of coloured dye powder. This powder can be mixed with water or oils and used to colour fabrics and textiles. Photographed in Nepal

Background imageItems Collection: Hypo-allergenic soap

Hypo-allergenic soap. Top view of a bar of soap that has been developed so as not to cause an allergic reaction when used

Background imageItems Collection: Bruce Bairnsfather merchandise

Bruce Bairnsfather merchandise
Selection of items featuring illustrations by the famous World War One cartoonist, Bruce Bairnsfather including a jigsaw with Bairnsfathers curmudgeonly soldier character Ole Bill grumbling

Background imageItems Collection: Tunisia - Arab Bazaar

Tunisia - Arab Bazaar
Tunisia - an Arab dealer sitting in his shop, surrounded by his wares (pretty much everything you can imagine) including drapes, rugs, pots, a stuffed baby crocodile, swords, guns

Background imageItems Collection: Items in the Tudor Exhibition, 1890

Items in the Tudor Exhibition, 1890
Engraving showing a number of relics from the sixteenth century exhibited in the Tudor Exhibition of 1890. The items pictured include: Henry VIIIs hat (top right)

Background imageItems Collection: Monk with Skull, Etc

Monk with Skull, Etc
Father Leonard Parisinus, a missionary monk, with a selection of significant items - a skull, a crucifix, a missal and an empty candlestick

Background imageItems Collection: Scouts and Guides in Baden Powell House, London

Scouts and Guides in Baden Powell House, London
Aerial view of Scouts and Guides looking at items on display in Baden Powell House, South Kensington, London. Date: circa 1960s

Background imageItems Collection: Advert for Asprey for the races 1937

Advert for Asprey for the races 1937
A variety of outdoor items for the races including: Ladies seal race companion, pigskin betting book, field glasses, binoculars, aluminium mount saddle seat

Background imageItems Collection: Plaster antiseptic pad, SEM

Plaster antiseptic pad, SEM
Plaster antiseptic pad. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the antiseptic pad on a plaster. Magnification: x16 at 6x7cm size



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An eclectic collection of items that tell stories and ignite curiosity. From a cast iron Victorian walking stick stand, standing tall with elegance, to the mysterious Sheela-na-Gig on the church wall of Killinaboy in County Clare, Ireland. A SEM diamond stylus delicately travels through LP grooves, creating melodies that transport us back in time. An enchanting advert for Shelley Vogue China 1931 captures the essence of an era long gone. The electric guitar and amplifier unleash a symphony of sound, captivating audiences around the world. The Rubik's Cube becomes a work of art as its vibrant colors intertwine in mesmerizing patterns. A stylus gently glides along an LP record, unlocking memories etched into each groove. A card index box holds secrets waiting to be discovered; it is a treasure trove of knowledge at our fingertips. An eye mask provides solace and tranquility amidst the chaos of everyday life. Snakes and ladders take us on a journey filled with ups and downs; luck guiding our every move. Rubber ducks bring joy to bath times and remind us to embrace playfulness even in adulthood. Each item tells its own unique story - from cherished memories to moments yet to unfold, and are reminders that beauty can be found in unexpected places if we only take the time to look.