Maritime history is filled with heroic tales of rescues because of the telegraph. Samuel F. B. Morse created a receiving instrument, a key–a strip of steel pressed against metal contact, transmitting codes by opening or closing the circuit to a “sounder”–the receiving instrument produced a “click” when it was activated with power provided by a battery. Alfred Vail, a mechanically-inclined student signed on with Morse to streamline his design inventing the horizontal lever key, a design that has changed very little to this day. Morse and Vail devised the dot-dash-alphabet in 1838. This replica is based on the example in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. Here is your opportunity to own an authentic piece of wireless history–beautifully crafted, full-size, working replica, precision tooled of solid brass fittings and fastened to a polished wood base. Faithful reproduction of the original. Includes a descriptive color brochure. Measures 7.5 by 3 inches, (19 X 7.6 cm) Limited Edition of 750, engraved brass plate on base, brass unique number stamped on bottom. Made in England.