Siemens Morse inker, 1862

Made:
1862 in England
manufacturer:
Siemens Brothers and Company Limited

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Siemen's direct writing morse inker, by Siemens Brothers and Company Limited, England, UK, 1862. This telegraph
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Siemen's direct writing morse inker, by Siemens Brothers and Company Limited, England, UK, 1862. This telegraph
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Siemen's direct writing morse inker, by Siemens Brothers and Company Limited, England, UK, 1862. This telegraph
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Siemen's direct writing morse inker, by Siemens, Halske & Co., England, 1862. Oblique front view of whole object on
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Siemen's direct writing Morse inker, made by Siemens Brothers and Company Limited, England, 1862.

Early telegraph recorders created embossed tape, which was difficult to read. This telegraph receiver marked the incoming messages on paper strips, known as slip, in ink, giving greater legibility. It was also more sensitive than earlier telegraph embossers. An electromagnet controlled a constantly-inked wheel, which, when a current was received, was pressed against the moving paper slip, thus marking a series of dots and dashes that formed the message.

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Details

Category:
Telecommunications
Object Number:
1876-1291
Materials:
copper (alloy), glass, metal (unknown), plastic (unidentified), wood (unidentified)
type:
telegraph
taxonomy:
  • component - object
credit:
Donated by HM Postmaster General
status:
Permanent collection

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