Flame-proof Telegraph Key

Description (Brief)
Telegraph keys are electrical on-off switches used to send messages in Morse code and can spark when the circuit opens. Flame-proof telegraph keys, like this one made by International Radio Telegraph Company, were designed to contain the spark within a sealed chamber. These keys were necessary on early aircraft and in confined spaces such as aboard ships and submarines where the spark might ignite flammable gasses.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
telegraph key
wireless key
date made
1918
maker
International Radio Telegraph Company
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 3 3/8 in x 2 3/4 in x 8 in; 8.5979 cm x 6.985 cm x 20.32 cm
ID Number
EM*320856
catalog number
320856
accession number
241556
subject
Communications
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 Franklin Wingard
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