19th c. Industrial Morse Code Lamps c.1881
A pair of 19th century Morse Code transmitter and receiver converted into lamps. Original bronze and brass mechanisms stamped with maker's mark and patent dates "Feb. 15, 1881". Both on wooden bases. Original maker's plaque on transmitter. New turned bronze and brass light mechanisms added to both pieces.
Edison bulbs included.
- CREATOR J.H. Brunnell & Co. New York.
DATE OF MANUFACTURE c.1881.
MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES Bronze, Brass, Wood.
- CONDITION Good. Wear consistent with age and use.
- DIMENSIONS H 6 in. (10 in. with light bulbs) W 7.5 in. D 5 in. and 4 in. (receiver)
In 1878, Jesse created J. H. Bunnell and Co. And in 1879, he hired Charles McLaughlin as a partner in charge of sales and administration, while Jesse concentrated on manufacturing and innovations. Bunnell received a patent on the 15th of February 1881 for his steel lever key. Stamped from one piece of steel, with minor machining required, this key was Bunnell's answer to the loosening of the steel trunion inserted in the brass lever. The steel lever continues to this day in keys. Early production bore the patent date on the lever. Later, this gave way to a logo containing the letters BUNNELL over a letter S, and with its general acceptance, later levers had no engraving.