Telegraph Key

Description (Brief):

Telegraph keys are electrical on-off switches used to send messages in Morse code. The construction of this German key is heavier than most American models used in land-line telegraphy. The telegraph system in Germany was operated by the Deutschen Reichpost (German Post Office) for whom Siemens & Halske made this key.

Date Made: ca 1890

Maker: Siemens & Halske

Location: Currently not on view

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


Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: from the Museum of Science and Industry (Chicago)

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: EM.327960Catalog Number: 327960Accession Number: 271855

Object Name: keytelegraph keyOther Terms: telegraph key; Telegraphy

Physical Description: wood (overall material)brass (overall material)Measurements: overall: 4 1/2 in x 3 1/2 in x 6 1/2 in; 11.43 cm x 8.89 cm x 16.51 cm


Record Id: nmah_712910

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