For sale is an original late 1800s antique TELEGRAPH KEY & SOUNDER used for transmitting Morse code. The oak wood base measures 7 inches long and 4 3/8 inches wide. The wood base is marked "20". Many of the metal components are brass. All parts are believed to be original. There is no maker mark but judging from the design this telegraph may have been made by J.H. BUNNELL & Company, NY.
Developed in the 1830s and 1840s by Samuel Morse and other inventors, the telegraph revolutionized long-distance communication. It worked by transmitting electrical signals over a wire laid between stations. In addition to helping invent the telegraph, Samuel Morse developed a code (bearing his name) that assigned a set of dots and dashes to each letter of the English alphabet and allowed for the simple transmission of complex messages across telegraph lines. In 1844, Morse sent his first telegraph message, from Washington, D.C., to Baltimore, Maryland; by 1866, a telegraph line had been laid across the Atlantic Ocean from the U.S. to Europe. The telegraph fell out of widespread use by the start of the 21st century, as it was replaced by the telephone.
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