Williams "Coffin" telephone magneto call box

Description (Brief):

One of four items: 1 receiver, 1 transmitter, 2 magneto call bells. This call bell is stamped serial #1835. These call bells were popularly known as "Williams' Coffins" and replaced the Watson "buzzer" type of calling apparatus. Used in conjunction with the Blake Transmitter. From donor card: "This apparatus was obtained by the late Mr. W. S. Chase when he was examiner in the Patent Office at the time of the invention of the telephone. It was used in his home in 1880." Six binding posts on the front along with a 2-position pivot switch, a crank handle, and two bells. Cloth insulated wire leads on two binding posts, one wire stub attached to a third post. Push button switch on bottom. Stamped on front: "Made By / Bell Telephone Co. / 109 Court St. Boston".

Date Made: 1880

Maker: Charles Williams, Jr.

Location: Currently not on view

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Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: from Mrs. W. S. Chase

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: EM.308349.02Accession Number: 85303Catalog Number: 308349.02Serial Number: 1835

Object Name: telephone call bell

Measurements: overall: 16 in x 5 5/8 in x 6 1/2 in; 40.64 cm x 14.2875 cm x 16.51 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ad-6599-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1409579

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