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Morse Twin-Contact Key, Britain, 20th Century

Inventory Number: 96935

96935-2t 96935-1t 96935-4t 96935-3t

Date: 20th Century

Maker Details: Unknown

Inscription: "G.P.O. / 1422" etched on upper surface of base.

Size: 205 x 110 x 55 mm (maximum extremities)

Materials: Ebonite, bakelite, glass, nickel?, brass.

Other Given Number(s): Christie's 107.


Morse Twin-Contact Key, with lacquered brass components and glazed top cylinder on ebonite surface base. With bakelite handle on tapper, and two red bakelite terminals. With four lacquered brass screw terminals on upper surface of base. Glazed top reveals interior of twin-contact end and nickel-plated? components of tapper. Made for, or with the authorisation of, the GPO, hence of British manufacture. Underside of base reveals assorted brass contacts. Previously catalogued with five other Morse Keys (Inv. Num.s 47410, 24429, 95560, 42110, 83986).

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