Cooke and Wheatstone's double needle telegraph, 1844

Made:
1844
maker:
William Fothergill Cooke
,
CHARLES WHEATSTONE
and
William Reid
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Cooke and Wheatstone's double needle telegraph, 1844. General front three quarter view. White background
Science Museum Group Collection
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Cooke and Wheatstone's double needle telegraph, 1844. View of face
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Cooke and Wheatstone's double needle telegraph, 1844. View of back
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Cooke and Wheatstone's double needle telegraph, 1844. View of back
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Cooke and Wheatstone's double needle telegraph, 1844. View of back. White background
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Cooke and Wheatstone's double needle telegraph, invented by Sir William Fothergill Cooke and Sir Charles Wheatstone, and made by William Reid, London, England, 1844. This is the instrument used to send the message which identified John Tawell as a murder suspect on 1 January 1845. It was located at Slough station, Great Western Railway.

Details

Category:
Telecommunications
Object Number:
1876-1276
Materials:
brass (copper, zinc alloy), glass and mahogany (wood)
type:
telegraph
taxonomy:
  • component - object
credit:
From Reid Brothers