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Tillotson Arched Camelback & Greeley Victor Added to Key Collection

Tillotson 'Arched' Camelback, ca 1865

Tillotson ‘Arched’ Camelback, ca 1865

Greeley & Co 'Victor' Key, ca 1887

Greeley & Co ‘Victor’ Key, ca 1887

I’ve added two more keys to the Key Collection. These were acquired in the last few years. The Tillotson ‘Arched’ Camelback from around 1865 was grouped with a turn-of-the-century relay and sounder on EBay with a very reasonable buy-it-now price. I think I snapped it up within the first hour of listing. Condition is excellent with great farm-fresh patina.

The Greeley & Co ‘Victor’ key from 1885-1887 sits on a home-made KOB made of three thin layers of panel board. The wiring between key and sounder is embedded between the layers with two terminals on top. It’s a pretty clean installation. Since I can’t get to the wiring, I’ve added a piece of wire to short out the sounder to use the key.

Click on each image to be taken to their respective Key Collection pages.

More keys to be added soon. Please check back for more updates!

73 Paul N6EV

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