Cooke and Wheatstone's double needle telegraph, 1844

Made:
1844
maker:
William Reid
,
CHARLES WHEATSTONE
and
William Fothergill Cooke

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Cooke and Wheatstone's double needle telegraph, 1844. General front three quarter view. White background
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Cooke and Wheatstone's double needle telegraph, 1844. View of face
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Cooke and Wheatstone's double needle telegraph, 1844. View of back
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Cooke and Wheatstone's double needle telegraph, 1844. View of back
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Cooke and Wheatstone's double needle telegraph, 1844. View of back. White background
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Cooke and Wheatstone's double needle telegraph, invented by Sir William Fothergill Cooke and Sir Charles Wheatstone, and made by William Reid, London, England, 1844. This is the instrument used to send the message which identified John Tawell as a murder suspect on 1 January 1845. It was located at Slough station, Great Western Railway.

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Details

Category:
Telecommunications
Object Number:
1876-1276
Materials:
brass (copper, zinc alloy), glass, mahogany (wood)
type:
telegraph
taxonomy:
  • component - object
credit:
From Reid Brothers
status:
Loan

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