Transatlantic telegraph cable fragment, 1858

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Transatlantic telegraph cable fragment, 1858

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Description

This is a piece of the first transatlantic telegraph cable laid in 1858. The cable's promoter, Cyrus W. Field, sold a length to Tiffany & Co, who cut it up and sold the pieces as souvenirs.

It took several attempts to keep the cable across the Atlantic from breaking and to achieve a quality signal over the long distance.

The band in the middle of the wire reads: "Atlantic Telegraph Cable/Guaranteed by/Tiffany & Co./Broadway, New York, 1858."

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About This Item

  • Title: Transatlantic telegraph cable fragment, 1858
  • Creation Date: 1858
  • Subject Date: 1858
  • Media: Copper wire, brass, hemp
  • Local Code: 2004.001.014b
  • Collection: Central Maine Power Company collection
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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Maine Historical Society
485 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822 x230
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