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.

Description (Brief)

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.

Date Made: ca 1853

Maker: Breguet, Louis Francois Clement

Location: Currently not on view

Web Subject: Communication, telegraph


See more items in: Work and Industry: Electricity, Telegraph Registers, Communications


Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: from University of London King's College, Department of Physics

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1990.0539.10Catalog Number: 1990.0539.10Accession Number: 1990.0539

Object Name: telegraph receivertelegraph registerOther Terms: telegraph register; Telegraphy

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


Record Id: nmah_1145248

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