Cooke and Wheatstone's four needle telegraph, 1838

Made:
1838 in England
inventor:
William Fothergill Cooke
CHARLES WHEATSTONE
and
William Fothergill Cooke
maker:
Unknown

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Cooke and Wheatstone's four needle telegraph, 1838.
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Cooke and Wheatstone's original Patent was granted in 1837, and provided for the use of both 4- and 5-needle telegraph
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Cooke and Wheatstone's original Patent was granted in 1837, and provided for the use of both 4- and 5-needle telegraph
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Cooke and Wheatstone's original Patent was granted in 1837, and provided for the use of both 4- and 5-needle telegraph
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Cooke and Wheatstone's original Patent was granted in 1837, and provided for the use of both 4- and 5-needle telegraph
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Cooke and Wheatstone's original Patent was granted in 1837, and provided for the use of both 4- and 5-needle telegraph
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Cooke and Wheatstone's original Patent was granted in 1837, and provided for the use of both 4- and 5-needle telegraph
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Cooke and Wheatstone's four needle telegraph, 1838. Front 3/4 view of whole object against graduated grey background.
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Cooke and Wheatstone's four needle telegraph, 1838. Front 3/4 detail view of object against grey background.
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Cooke and Wheatstone's four needle telegraph, 1838. Front 3/4 detail view of object against black background.
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Cooke and Wheatstone's four needle telegraph, 1838. Front 3/4 detail view of object against grey background.
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Cooke and Wheatstone's four needle telegraph, 1838. Front 3/4 view of whole object against graduated grey background.
Science Museum Group Collection
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Cooke and Wheatstone's four needle telegraph, unknown maker, England, 1838.

William Cooke and Charles Wheatstone were pioneers of electric telegraphy. Their original English patent was granted in 1837, and provided for the use of both four- and five-needle telegraph instruments. This four-needle telegraph, however, was the subject of a separate patent (No. 7614), which referred to an intermediate station that could send or receive messages in both directions. Telegraphs like these included a change-over switch or 'circuit director'. The four-needle telegraph also represented a transitional stage between the five-needle instrument, where each letter could be directly indicated, and the later double-needle instrument, which employed a signalling code.

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Details

Category:
Telecommunications
Object Number:
1876-1274
Materials:
brass (copper, zinc alloy), copper (metal), cotton (fibre), glass, mahogany (wood), paint, paper (fibre product)
type:
telegraph
taxonomy:
  • component - object
credit:
Donated by HM Postmaster General
status:
Permanent collection

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