Portion of first gutta percha insulated wire laid in London, 1848-1849

Made:
1848-1849 in London
maker:
Unknown

Portion of first gutta percha insulated wire laid in London, unknown maker, London, England, 1848-1849.

This sample of gutta-percha insulated cable dates from around 1848-1849. It was possibly the cable laid by the Electric Telegraph Company between its Lothbury headquarters and Shoreditch (probably the railway station), a distance of approximately one mile. Though it was a good insulator, gutta percha tended to disintegrate after a few years in harsh city environments.

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Details

Category:
Telecommunications
Object Number:
1923-243 Pt1
Materials:
glass, gutta-percha, steel (metal)
type:
cable
taxonomy:
credit:
Donated by the Institution of Electrical Engineers
status:
Permanent collection

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