Trough battery, 1801-1838

Made:
1801-1838 in London
maker:
Richard & George Knight

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Original Cruickshank's galvanic "Trough" or battery, made by R & G Knight, London, England, 1801-1838.

This battery was designed in 1800 by William Cruickshank, as an improvement of Alessandro Volta's original battery design. It consists of 50 copper-zinc pairs mounted inside a wooden box in cells. Each cell is then filled with a salt solution or dilute acid. Batteries similar to this were used in the first electric telegraphs.

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Details

Category:
Electricity and Magnetism
Object Number:
1899-46
Materials:
ivory, metal (unknown), wood (unidentified)
type:
voltaic pile
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • battery
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • battery
credit:
Donated by C A Wells
status:
Permanent collection

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