Sections of the Atlantic telegraph cable (930) in original packing crates (8)

Object Number: 
INV.9070.1-.102
Date: 
1850-1860
Medium: 
Steel, metal; wood
Dimensions: 
Part (cable sections): 1/2 x 3 7/8 in. (1.3 x 9.8 cm) Overall (Crates): 3 3/4 x 9 x 10 3/4 in. (9.5 x 22.9 x 27.3 cm)
Marks: 
stamped: on metal band around center of cable section: "ATLANTIC TELEGRAPH CABLE/GUARANTEED BY/TIFFANY & CO./BROADWAY . NEW YORK . 1858"
Description: 
930 4-inch sections of the Atlantic telegraph cable; each section consisting of multiple bundles of steel wire with brass mounts at top and bottom and stamped Tiffany & Co. mount at center ("ATLANTIC TELEGRAPH CABLE/GUARANTEED BY/TIFFANY & CO./BROADWAY . NEW YORK . 1858". Housed in 8 original wooden packing crates, three with separate tops.
Gallery Label: 
Cyrus Field (1819-1892), in association with Peter Cooper and others, formed a company around 1854 to build a telegraph cable between Newfoundland and Ireland. After many reverses and a partial success in 1858, a fully serviceable cable was in operation by 1866. These sections are from the defunct 1858 Atlantic cable, and were probably used as presentation pieces.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group