NAVY MASTHEAD SIGNALLING KEYS
Photos of a Masthead Signalling Lamp Key. This one has a "W" stamped on the underneath of the main arm. Probably made by Western Electric pre-1925. A boxed one of these keys has "Player & Mitchell, Bham." stamped on the box.
What an impressive key this one is ! A bone handle, bakelite base and skirt with all parts in beautifully formed brass. The base measures 5 & 1/2" long by 3" wide and 5/8" deep, the key has 3/16" Dia (4mm) contacts.
In use up to and including WW1 by the Royal Navy.
|WW1. THE WAR AT SEA.
||Visual Signalling in the RCN.