Replica of Bell's 'Patent-office' telephone of 1876, made by Science Museum Workshops, South Kensington, London, England, 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.
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- copper (alloy), metal (unknown), plastic (unidentified), skin (untanned), textile and wood (unidentified)
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- Made in museum
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