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Telegraph Register - Wasserlein, Inking, late 19th Century Object Reg. No: ST 007094

Telegraph inking register for receiving and recording telegraph signals.

In operation, the intermittent current generated by the received signals causes a small rotating wheel to be intermittently pressed on to a moving paper tape. The wheel is also in continuous contact with a small fabric roller saturated with ink. The rotating wheel carries the ink to the paper and produces a series of long and short marks on the tape, with the length of each mark depending on whether the duration of the current flow is long (producing a dash) or short (producing a dot.)

The register mechanism is driven by a falling weight attached to a chain passing over a sprocket on the main drive shaft.
Wooden baseboard. Two vertical coils at one end of baseboard. Gear mechanism enclosed in brass case with inking mechanism mounted above case. Arm with spindle to hold reel of paper tape attached to side of brass case. Various terminals for wire connections.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr John Thompson, 1915
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 285 mm (Height), 150 mm (Width), 255 mm (Length)

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Tagged with: telegraphy
Themes this item is part of: The Australian telegraph network 1854-1877, J.J. Thompson - donor of telegraph objects to the Museum, Telegraphy Collection, Information & Communication Collection
Primary Classification: COMMUNICATIONS
Secondary Classification: Telegraphy
Tertiary Classification: output
Inscriptions: Inscribed on top of brass case enclosing gear mechanism:
Manufacturer: Wasserlein, Berlin, Germany, 1850s-1890s
Collector: Mr John Thompson, Armadale, Victoria, Australia, 27 Apr 1915

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