Portion of first underground cable laid in London, unknown maker, London, England, 1844
This cable is presented on a wooden board with a commemorative plaque which reads 'Specimen of the FIRST PIECE OF UNDERGROUND WORK laid in the streets of LONDON. In the year 1844'. It contains nine copper wires of varying diameters. This type of cable was patented by William Cooke in 1840, and was intended for laying through tunnels or under bridges.