Cooke and Wheatstone double needle telegraph, 1844

Made:
1844
inventor:
William Fothergill Cooke
and
CHARLES WHEATSTONE
maker:
William Reid
Cooke and Wheatstone's double needle telegraph was used along the Great Western Railway.  This instrument was installed Cooke and Wheatstone's double needle telegraph, England, 1844. Front view, whole object on graduated grey background. Cooke and Wheatstone's double needle telegraph, England, 1844. Three quarter front view, whole object on graduated grey

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Cooke and Wheatstone's double needle telegraph was used along the Great Western Railway. This instrument was installed
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Cooke and Wheatstone's double needle telegraph, England, 1844. Front view, whole object on graduated grey background.
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Cooke and Wheatstone's double needle telegraph, England, 1844. Three quarter front view, whole object on graduated grey
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Cooke and Wheatstone's double needle telegraph, invented by Sir William Fothergill Cooke (1806-1879) and Sir Charles Wheatstone (1802-1875), and made by William Reid, London, England, 1844. This instrument was installed at Paddington when the experimental telegraph was extended to Slough in 1843. On January 1, 1845 the Slough instrument sent a message to Paddington which enabled the identification and arrest of an alleged murderer.

Details

Category:
Telecommunications
Object Number:
1876-1275
Materials:
brass (copper, zinc alloy), copper (alloy), silk and wood (unidentified)
type:
telegraph instrument
taxonomy:
  • component - object
credit:
From Reid Brothers