Bell telephone, mahogany case, 1878

Made:
1878 in Silvertown
maker:
India Rubber, Gutta-Percha and Telegraph Works Company Limited
1953-106: Bell telephone receiver, mahogany case, made by the India Rubber, Gutta-Percha and Telegraph Works Company 1953-106: Bell telephone receiver, mahogany case, made by the India Rubber, Gutta-Percha and Telegraph Works Company 1953-106: Bell telephone receiver, mahogany case, made by the India Rubber, Gutta-Percha and Telegraph Works Company 1953-106: Bell telephone receiver, mahogany case, made by the India Rubber, Gutta-Percha and Telegraph Works Company Bell telephone, mahogany case, made in 1878 by the Silvertown Co.; one of the earliest telephones to be made in

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1953-106: Bell telephone receiver, mahogany case, made by the India Rubber, Gutta-Percha and Telegraph Works Company
Science Museum Group Collection
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1953-106: Bell telephone receiver, mahogany case, made by the India Rubber, Gutta-Percha and Telegraph Works Company
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

1953-106: Bell telephone receiver, mahogany case, made by the India Rubber, Gutta-Percha and Telegraph Works Company
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

1953-106: Bell telephone receiver, mahogany case, made by the India Rubber, Gutta-Percha and Telegraph Works Company
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Bell telephone, mahogany case, made in 1878 by the Silvertown Co.; one of the earliest telephones to be made in
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Bell telephone receiver, mahogany case, made by the India Rubber, Gutta-Percha and Telegraph Works Company Limited, Silvertown, Newham, London, England, 1878. Handle stamped '7082' and the 'crossed telephones' trade mark. One of the earliest Bell telephones to be made in England.

Bell telephone receiver, mahogany case, made by the India Rubber, Gutta-Percha and Telegraph Works Company Limited, Silvertown, Newham, London, England, 1878. Handle stamped '7082' and the 'crossed telephones' trade mark. One of the earliest Bell telephones to be made in England.

This was one of the first Bell telephones to be made in the UK. It uses a permanent magnet, housed in the handle. At this time the Bell company could not use the carbon microphone so the Bell telephone was both a transmitter and a receiver. For convenience two such instruments were often used at each station.

Details

Category:
Telecommunications
Object Number:
1953-106
Materials:
animal glue, copper (alloy), mahogany (wood), metal (unknown) and wood (unidentified)
type:
telephone
taxonomy:
  • component - object
credit:
Donated by the Institution of Electrical Engineers