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Old Antique Telegraph Sending Key, Morse Code Key Pad, Shortwave? For Sale
Here's an old or antique telegraph or shortwave sending unit or sending pad we received recently with some estate goods. This one was in the basement on a shelf near the chimney. It was very dusty and appears to have been there for many years. Our guess is this is from the late 1800's to early 1900's but I suppose it could be later as I've seen few of these up close. We know that the Boston and Maine Railroad had a stop not far from this home and think this could be a telegraph unit from the time period we mention. We also know that at sometime in the 50's or 60's that someone in the family was a ham radio operator though we found none of his equipment within the estate. So we'll leave it to those who collect, restore and trade this type item and our pictures to sort this out. The unit needs cleanup as we've only removed the easily addressed loose dust and debris. There are several issues and here is the list:
1. There were two small pieces loose from this when found. We show them in a picture. We think one is the remants of one of the 4 feet pieces on the underside. A photo shows that one is missing. The second piece is a brass bushing and we think that is an insert that has fallen out from where the main piece is mounted.
2. The main piece is presently held to the board by only 1 of 3 original mounting screws. So 2 mounting screws are missing.
3. The silver plating on the key is peeling and deteriorated.
4. The metalwork around the key area is very dirty from years of no attention.
5. The board appears to be mahogany or similar fine grained hardwood with the finish mostly gone with somewhat of a dull finish the result
This piece has one marking, "Signal" that we can find. The pad spring assembly seems to operate properly. The base is about 4.25 by 6.75 inches in size and the unit is about 3.5 inches tall. Probably best for those who are familiar with this type of old or antique communication equipment. That's about it. The pictures should be helpful to those having interest.We'll start this old or antique morse code sending key or key pad unit low so enjoy the sale. We'll pack this carefully. When packed this will weigh about 2.75 lb so we'll use USPS Parcel Select service as the lowest cost postal alternative to the buyer.We have no packing or handling charge. Extra cost USPS postal services like Postal Insurance or Upgraded postal services are easily available should the winning buyer wish to make arrangements.As mentioned above, International buyers should be aware that this item is not listed for sale outside the United States and we ask that International buyer do not offer on this item.Please let us know if there are any questions. We will cooperate with winners of more than one sale to combine items whenever practical. Thank you for your interest and Good Luck!