Henley's magneto electric double needle telegraph, 1848-1852

Made:
1848-1852 in England

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Henley's magneto electric double needle telegraph, made by the Magnetic Telegraph Company, England, 1848-1852.

This telegraph system, which did not require a battery for operation, was patented in 1848 by W T Henley and T Forster. Instead of a battery, the instrument was powered by magnets and electro-magnetic currents, using pedal keys. The needles for indicating letters could only move in one direction, but the code was the same modified Morse code used by other telegraph systems.

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Science Museum: Information Age Gallery: Cable

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Details

Category:
Telecommunications
Object Number:
1876-1285
Materials:
copper (alloy), ivory, mahogany (wood), steel (metal), textile
type:
telegraph
taxonomy:
  • component - object
credit:
Donated by HM Postmaster General
status:
Permanent collection

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