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Victorian Transatlantic Telegraph Souvenir Locket


Inside this locket is a slice of the world's first transatlantic telegraph cable. It ran underneath the Atlantic ocean, allowing for instant communication between America and England. The locket bears the dates 1865 (the year of the first failed attempt to lay the cable) and 1866 (the successful year of completion). Made of gutta percha, hemp, twisted copper and iron, this miracle of communication technology ran into many initial problems. Maybe the worst was when the two companies producing the cable failed to communicate about the direction the wires should twist. Miles of cable were made at great expense, only to prove they'd UNTWIST underwater. Oops. Eventually the cable worked. Queen Victoria's initial morse code message - 98 words - took 16 hours to send to president James Buchanan. It was met with an outburst of wild enthusiasm, and a short-lived trend of telegraph jewelry was born.


  • Materials

    14k gold (tests), slices of cable from 1864 and 1865 cables, glass lenses, new 14k gold chain

  • Age

    Engraved 1864/1865 (year of the first failed attempt to lay the transatlantic telegraph cable and successful year of completion)

  • Condition


  • Size

    1 5/8" length including the bale, 1 1/8" diameter, 18" chain

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please note:Terms of Sale

Antiques can be returned unworn and in original condition within 10 days of delivery for an exchange or refund minus the cost of shipping. Once a piece has been altered, including ring re-sizing, it is FINAL SALE.

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