Sir W. F. Cooke's original electric alarum, 1835-1840

Made:
1835-1840 in United Kingdom
maker:
William Fothergill Cooke

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Sir W. F. Cooke's original electric alarum (one portion transferred to Inv. No. 1923-1512, see Sc.M. 7/636/1)
Science Museum Group Collection
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Sir W. F. Cooke's original electric alarum (one portion transferred to Inv. No. 1923-1512, see Sc.M. 7/636/1)
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Sir W. F. Cooke's original electric alarum (one portion transferred to Inv. No. 1923-1512, see Sc.M. 7/636/1)
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Sir W. F. Cooke's original electric alarum , late 1830s. Early example of Sir William Fothergill Cooke's
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Sir W. F. Cooke's original electric alarum , late 1830s. Early example of Sir William Fothergill Cooke's
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Sir W. F. Cooke's original electric alarum , late 1830s. Early example of Sir William Fothergill Cooke's
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Sir W. F. Cooke's original electric alarum , late 1830s. Early example of Sir William Fothergill Cooke's
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Sir W. F. Cooke's original electric alarum , late 1830s. Early example of Sir William Fothergill Cooke's
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Sir W. F. Cooke's original electric alarum (one portion transferred to Inv. No. 1923-1512, see Sc.M. 7/636/1)
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Sir W. F. Cooke's original electric alarum, unknown maker, British, 1835-1840.

This sample of gutta-percha insulated cable dates from around 1848-1849. It was possibly the cable laid by the Electric Telegraph Company between its Lothbury headquarters and Shoreditch (probably the railway station), a distance of approximately one mile. Though it was a good insulator, gutta percha tended to disintegrate after a few years in harsh city environments.

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Science Museum: Information Age Gallery: Cable

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Details

Category:
Telecommunications
Object Number:
1923-278
Materials:
metal (unknown), wood (unidentified)
type:
telegraph
taxonomy:
  • component - object
credit:
Donated by the Institution of Electrical Engineers

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