19th C. Original Brass Fathom Gauge TEL. CON.& MAIN CO Cable Laying

Rare Antique 19th Century Original Brass Fathoms Gauge. This was used in the early laying of Transatlantic Telephone Cables. The only other one I've found is in the Western Australia Maritime Museum. 6" diameter x 2.5" deep. Weighs 1.7 Kilo Telegraph Construction and Maintenance Co of 22 Old Broad Street, London, EC2. Works at Greenwich, London, SE10. The company made the 1865 and 1866 transatlantic cables and (as its forerunner Glass, Elliot and Co), the 1857 and 1858 cables. The SS Great Eastern laid much of the transatlantic cable. In 1872 the Company owned SS Edinburgh - launched in 1855 and built as a passenger vessel by Tod and McGregor of Glasgow. Converted to a cable ship. Great Original piece. A few dints and marks commensurate with age.

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