This is a vintage morse code telegraph with a spark coil box. This came from a Great Lakes Collector and it was made by a company found around the Great Lakes. The Company is the Schug Electric MFG., Co. Detroit, Michigan. This telegraph and box were placed on a piece of wood.
The telegraph was developed somewhere between the 1830s and 1840s’. It worked by transmitting electrical signals over a wire laid between stations. Also, later on, Samuel Morse developed a code (bearing his name) that assigned a set of dots and dashes to each letter of the English alphabet and allowed for the simple transmission of complex messages across telegraph lines.
Morse eventually produced a single-circuit telegraph that worked by pushing the operator key down to complete the electric circuit of the battery. This action sent the electric signal across a wire to a receiver at the other end. All the system needed was a key, a battery, a wire, and a line of poles between stations for the wire and a receiver.
This telegraph also comes with headphones that have MURDOCK RADIO NO. 56 written on the earpiece. Also on the spark coil box are some of the items the company produced.
Just another great piece to add to your nautical collection!
Weight: 6 lbs.
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