Replicas of Bell's 'Patent-office' telephones of 1876, made by Science Museum Workshops, South Kensington, 1959.
These telephones are based on drawings submitted with Alexander Graham Bell's (1847-1922) telegraph patent on 14 February 1876. At the time, the US Patent Office still required patent applications to be accompanied by a model as well as a drawing, but in Bell's case the model requirement was waived, despite it being completely new technology. Only a drawing was submitted with Bell's patent application, upon which these model telephones are based.
- Object Number:
- copper (alloy), metal (unknown), plastic (unidentified), skin (untanned), textile and wood (unidentified)
/1: 60 mm x 130 mm x 45 mm, .07 kg
/2: 85 mm x 115 mm x 85 mm, .06 kg
- component - object
- Made in museum
Cite this page
We encourage the use and reuse of our collection data.
Data in the title, made, maker and details fields are released under Creative Commons Zero
Descriptions and all other text content are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 licence
Download catalogue entry as json
View manifest in IIIF viewer
Download manifest IIIF
Our records are constantly being enhanced and improved, but please note that we cannot guarantee the accuracy of any information shown on this website.