Sample of gutta percha insulated cable, 1863-7

Made:
1863-7 in United Kingdom
maker:
Unknown

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Sectioned sample of Gutta-percha insulated cable in cast iron pipe, from Gloucester, 1863-7. This telegraph cable
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Sectioned sample of gutta percha insulated cable in cast iron pipe, from Gloucester, unknown maker, British, 1863-1867.

Sectioned sample of gutta percha insulated cable in cast iron pipe, from Gloucester, unknown maker, British, 1863-1867.

This telegraph cable was excavated in Gloucester in 1959, and dates from the mid 1860s. It contains 12 gutta-percha covered copper wires, and is contained within a cast iron conduit with interlocking upper and lower portions. The wire weighed 40 lbs per mile.

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Details

Category:
Telecommunications
Object Number:
1970-492
Materials:
copper (metal), gutta-percha, iron
type:
cable
taxonomy:
credit:
Donated by Post Office Telecommunications Headquarters
status:
Permanent collection

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