Telegraph Key

Description (Brief)
Telegraph keys are electrical switches used to send messages in code. The message travels as a series of electrical pulses through a wire. The exact method of operating this automatic double-current key is unknown at this time. The key may have been used in laboratory experiments at King's College in London investigating submarine telegraph signaling.
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Object Name
telegraph key
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
brass (overall material)
overall: 2 1/8 in x 5 3/4 in x 10 5/8 in; 5.3975 cm x 14.605 cm x 26.9875 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Telegraph Keys
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Work and Industry: Electricity
Telegraph Keys
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
from University of London King's College, Department of Physics
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