Rare Automatic Telegraph Key - 1880's
A very interesting and unusual "automatic" telegraph key: you charge it with a side handle and an inside cylinder moved by a clockwork mechanism "dial" the code, automatically sending a preselected (with the side selector) Morse message, choosen between the 6 availables (marked on the upside cover).
The mechanism can be charged properly and so seems in perfect working condition.
On the wooden support there’s also a normal telegraph key.
The maker “Teirich & Leopolder” was in activity in Wien in the second hand of the 1800’s.
Of course makes sense that the automatism allow operator to run away, maybe in emergency conditions ...
DIMENTIONS: Wooden frame 13 cm x 20 cm, tall 12.5 cm