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The Vail Lever Correspondent Replica

 


* Historically Significant
The original key was used by Morse in his 1844 demonstration which became the reference for key designs over many years and has changed little to this day.

* The KENT Replica
Is based on the original key displayed in the Smithsonian Institute and Vail's own documentation. Polished brass, steel and wood make this a real showpiece.

* Base: 53mm X 166mm / 2.1" X 6.53"
* Height: 76.5mm / 3"
* Weight: .5 Kg / 1.1 Lbs


Price: £180.50 GBP + VAT in the UK and European Union
Shipping: UK 6.85 / European Union and Europe 10.86 / World wide 18.38


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Alfred Vail 1807 - 1859

 

 

This historically significant, fully functional showpiece is identical to the first "real mechanism" hand key Alfred Vail made for Samuel F. B. Morse to use in his 1844 Washington to Baltimore demonstration of telegraphy.

The KENT replica key is based on the example in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington together with a document entitled "The American Electro Magnetic Telegraph" Which is illustrated with 81 wood engravings and was written by Alfred Vail.

Alfred Vail was a skilled machinist and an assistant to the artist turned entrepreneur Samuel F. B. Morse. Vail designed and made the "Lever Correspondent," which became a "reference" for key designs over many years.

The original Vail key is on permanent display in the Smithsonian Institute USA


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