H000760 MORSE CODE TELEGRAPH KEY. (Morseschrift Telegraphieren Schlüssel)

BACKGROUND: Accurate intelligence and secure lines of communication are crucial elements to all armies in the field and during WWII each division in the German Army had an integral Signals unit. The Signals unit were usually of Battalion strength and generally consisted of a Headquarters Company, a Radio Company and a Telephone Company. The Signals personnel utilized a wide variety of radio receivers, field telephones and associated communications equipment in all theaters of operation. One of the common pieces of communications equipment was a Morse code telegraph key which came in at least three slightly different models. The Morse code telegraph key could be used in conjunction with most German field radios. The main advantage of telegraph signals was that the field radios could transmit them roughly twice the distance further then voice signals.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: The telegraph key consists of a roughly, 3 1/2" long, 2 1/4" wide, 2" tall, molded black bakelite housing screwed to a roughly, 5 7/8" long, 2 1/4" natural, magnetic sheet metal base plate with a fitted, non-skid, black rubber, footing panel. The bakelite housing has a fold back top lid with an internal staggered horizontal bar hinge to the reverse end. The top edge of the fold back top lid has an impressed cross hatched pattern and a rivetted on, black painted, aluminum plate with printed and impressed script. The script to the plate includes, "T.2", (Construction Model 2), "Lieferer: Telefunken", (Supplier: Telefunken), "Gerät Nr. 124-402A-1", (Model {equipment} number 124-402A-1), "Werk. Nr. 45610-42", (Work {order} number 45610-42), "Anforder. Z. Ln 26 906", (Requisition number 29 906), "Bauart: Lorenz", (Type of construction Lorenz), and, "Herst:". (Manufacturer), with the stylized "Telefunken" logo. The obverse end of the bakelite housing has a vertically rectangular, cut-out, to accommodate the horizontally extended, black bakelite and sheet metal activation key panel. One side of the bakelite housing has a horizontally extended black bakelite and sheet metal port for the electrical wiring. The electrical wires have been cut-off. The housing lid opens to reveal the adjustable, swivel hinged, sheet metal, alloy and bakelite telegraph key components. All the internal components are intact and the key still functions. The interior of the top lid is well marked with the embossed, stylized DIN, Deutsche Industrie Norm, (German Industry Standard), logo, an additional requisition number, "Ln 26908", an impressed red Blitz style arrow and the red inkstamped marking, "BA 196", within an octagonal border indicating, Beschaffungs Amt, (Procurement Office), and the numerals would represent different equipment inspectors.

GRADE ***1/2                             PRICE $185.00

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