Morse key, unknown maker, British, 1850-1870.
Morse code was developed by Samuel Morse and his assistant Theodore Vail, and uses a series of dots and dashes for sending messages. This is a camelback Morse key, named for its hump. They were among the first telegraph keys to be used commercially. Many were still in use when the British Post Office took over the inland telegraph companies in 1870.
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- telegraph peripheral
- component - object
- telegraph instrument
- Donated by the National Postal Museum
- Permanent collection
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