one of a pair of home made Bell telephone receivers, 1875-1890

Made:
1875-1890 in England
maker:
David Edward Hughes

One of a pair of home made Bell telephone receivers, probably made by David Edward Hughes, England, 1875-1890.

David Edward Hughes (1831-1901) was born in Britain but spent many years in the United States, where he invented a successful printing telegraph. Back in London in his later years he investigated many electrical phenomena. On reading of Bell's invention of the telephone in 1876, he soon made his own copies for experimental purposes.

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Details

Category:
Telecommunications
Object Number:
1922-228/1
Materials:
metal (unknown), paper (fibre product), wax, wood (unidentified)
Measurements:
overall (each): 100 mm x 150 mm x 100 mm, .27 kg
type:
telephone
taxonomy:
  • component - object
credit:
Executors of the late Anna C. Hughes
status:
Permanent collection

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