Telegraph Register

Description (Brief)
This telegraph register was made by the famous French company Breguet et Fils of Paris. Established in the late 18th Century by Abraham Louis Breguet to make clocks and watches, the company later added electrical devices to their catalog. Since telegraph registers often used a clockwork mechanism, the company could use existing equipment and skills.
Telegraph registers are electrically-activated printers that receive Morse code messages. The message travels as a series of electrical pulses through a wire. The pulses energize the register’s electromagnets which move a lever-arm holding a pen or stylus. A clockwork mechanism pulls a strip of paper across the pen or stylus, recording the message. Short pulses draw or emboss a dot, slightly longer pulses a dash. The sequence of dots and dashes represent letters and numbers.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
telegraph receiver
telegraph register
maker
Breguet, Antoine
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
glass (overall material)
steel (overall material)
brass (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 14 1/2 in x 19 in x 7 1/2 in; 36.83 cm x 48.26 cm x 19.05 cm
ID Number
1990.0539.10
catalog number
1990.0539.10
accession number
1990.0539
subject
Communication, telegraph
See more items in
Work and Industry: Electricity
Communications
Telegraph Registers
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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