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B712-7 Key, part of electric telegraph apparatus, wood / metal / bakelite, maker unknown, used by the Posts and Telegraphs Postmaster-General's Department, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1920-1937. Click to enlarge.

An electric telegraph key

  • 1920-1937
'Resonator and sounder. The speed with which morse code messages can be read by sound is greater than by sight. The sounder consists of an electromagnet relay which by means of a suitably shared anvil makes a sharp noise when activated by electric current. to enable operators to define these sounds is more clearly the sounder is placed in a resonator to amplify the coded message as it is being received." from label accompanying accession number B712.

Summary

Object No.

B712-7

Object Statement

Key, part of electric telegraph apparatus, wood / metal / bakelite, maker unknown, used by the Posts and Telegraphs Postmaster-General's Department, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1920-1937

Physical Description

Telegraph sounder and key, wood / metal / Bakelite, maker unknown, used by Posts and Telegraphs Postmaster General's Department, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1920-1937

A telegraph sounder and key conisting of a rectangular wooden base with a brass mechanism and hammer. The hammer has a black circular handle or knob made from Bakelite.

Marks

On the surface of the wooden base is engraved text that reads'PMG'. The number '9082' is on one end of the wooden base and is also engraved into the surface of the brass mechanism.

Dimensions

Height

82 mm

Width

75 mm

Depth

145 mm

Production

Notes

This telegraph sounder and key was used by the Posts and Telergraphs Postmaster General's Department between 1920-1937. It was acquired by the Museum in 1937.

History

Notes

The equipment and photographs were received from the Deputy Director, Posts and Telegraphs.

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Wikipedia

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