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Specimen / cable, telegraph / construction Specimen / cable, telegraph / construction

Five specimens showing the construction of the Atlantic Telegraph Cable, 1857

Telegraph indicator Telegraph indicator

Telegraph indicator showing the arrangement of the needle and wires

Stereotype printing plate Stereotype printing plate

Stereotype plate giving the figure of a Chinese vase, by P.P. Thoms, printer, Warwick Square, London, one of collection of raw and manufactured products from the Great Exhibition of 1851

Telegraph cable Telegraph cable

Specimen of 5-wire telegraph cable in wood - one of two pieces of Cooke and Wheatstone's first working telegraph, London, 1837

Telegraph apparatus, electric / insulator, telegraph Telegraph apparatus, electric / insulator, telegraph

One of a group of specimens of electric telegraph apparatus - a stoneware telegraph insulator with a wooden arm

Telegraph apparatus, electric / insulator, telegraph Telegraph apparatus, electric / insulator, telegraph

One of a group of specimens of electric telegraph apparatus - a stoneware telegraph insulator, of an old form

Telegraph pole Telegraph pole

Telegraph pole fitted with ebonite insulators

Submarine telegraph cable Submarine telegraph cable

One of two pieces of submarine telegraph cable of shore end type laid in 1885 in the Persian Gulf, one piece dissected to show layers, made for the Persian Indo-European Telegraph Department, 1885

Specimen / cable, telegraph Specimen / cable, telegraph

Piece of the Persian Gulf telegraph cable after 16 years submersion, 1850 - 1880

Printing and folding machine / model Printing and folding machine / model

Model of Foster's patent stereo web printing and folding machine, used in newspaper offices, made in the museum workshop, scale one third, 1885

Telephone, horseshoe magnet Telephone, horseshoe magnet

Telephone. horseshoe magnet type

Telegraph instrument, Wheatstone ABC Telegraph instrument, Wheatstone ABC

Bell, part of a Wheatstone A.B.C. telegraph instrument

Morse embosser Morse embosser

Morse embosser

Specimen / history / telegraph apparatus / A.B.C. instrument, Si Specimen / history / telegraph apparatus / A.B.C. instrument, Si

One of a historical collection of telegraph apparatus - a very early form of Siemens A.B.C. instrument

Specimen / history / telegraph apparatus / bell receiver, Bright Specimen / history / telegraph apparatus / bell receiver, Bright

One of a historical collection of telegraph apparatus - Bright's bell receiver with relay

Specimen / history / telegraph apparatus / sounder, double plate Specimen / history / telegraph apparatus / sounder, double plate

One of a historical collection of telegraph apparatus - a double plate sounder with relay

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