Single needle telegraph, 1846

Made:
1846 in London
maker:
William Reid
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Single needle telegraph 1846 made by William Reid for the Electric Telegraph Company. Three quarter front view of whole
Science Museum Group Collection
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Single needle telegraph 1846 made by William Reid for the Electric Telegraph Company. Three quarter front view of whole
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© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Single needle telegraph 1846 made by William Reid for the Electric Telegraph Company. Three quarter rear view of whole
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Single needle telegraph 1846 made by William Reid for the Electric Telegraph Company. Three quarter rear view of
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Single needle telegraph 1846 made by William Reid for the Electric Telegraph Company. Rear view of whole object on
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Single needle telegraph 1846 made by William Reid for the Electric Telegraph Company. Detail view of electrical
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© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Single needle telegraph 1846 made by William Reid for the Electric Telegraph Company. Detail view of electrical
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Single needle telegraph 1846 made by William Reid for the Electric Telegraph Company. Detail view of electrical
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Single needle telegraph 1846 made by William Reid for the Electric Telegraph Company. Detail view of maker's
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Single needle telegraph 1846 made by William Reid for the Electric Telegraph Company. Detail view of face of instrument.
Science Museum Group Collection
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Single needle telegraph, made by William Reid for the Electric Telegraph Company, London, England, 1846.

This was one of the earliest single needle telegraphs made for the Electric Telegraph Company in 1846. Until 1845, the commercial installations of William Cooke and Charles Wheatstone's patents had been under Cooke's management, with him as the contractor who carried out the work. The installation of an electric telegraph system between London and Dover was seen as a convenient time to form a company to carry out the work, and thus the Electric Telegraph Company was formally registered. The single-needle telegraph, with earth return, was economical in line wire but many operators preferred the double-needle telegraph, claiming it to be faster and easier to send and receive. The code marked on the dial was invented by Cooke.

Details

Category:
Telecommunications
Object Number:
1949-323
Materials:
glass, mahogany (wood), metal (unknown) and oak (wood)
type:
telegraph
taxonomy:
  • component - object
credit:
Lent by King's College London