Telegraph Key

Description (Brief)
Telegraph keys are electrical on-off switches used to send messages in Morse code. The message travels as a series of electrical pulses through a wire. The operator pushes the key’s lever down briefly to make a short signal, a dot, or holds the lever down for a moment to make a slightly longer signal, a dash. The sequence of dots and dashes represent letters and numbers. This miniature key was made by the donor and is fully functional.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
telegraph key
date made
ca 1900
maker
Ways, C. I.
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 3/4 in x 1 3/16 in x 2 9/16 in; 1.905 cm x 3.01625 cm x 6.50875 cm
ID Number
EM*313151
catalog number
313151
accession number
177205
subject
Communications
Telegraph Keys
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Telegraph Keys
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
from C. I. Ways
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