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Instruments and apparatus on this page are listed as follows:
-- Key-on-base (KOB) combination sets
-- Sounders, repeaters, transmitters
-- Call boxes and Gill selectors
-- Switchboards and lightning arresters
-- Miscellaneous (meters, signs, registers, typewriters, etc)
The instruments shown here have been electrically tested but not cleaned. Some users will prefer the patina of age, while others will want to polish the brass and wood. I leave the choice to the buyer. Most instruments are tested and working, and are guaranteed to work if used at the recommended voltage. A few instruments may not have passed my brief electrical check and if so are offered "as is" at a reduced price.
On photos I am recently uploading, you will be able to click on the small photo for a larger version (as well as clicking on the links to the second, third photos etc).
Relay Springs. These universal relay springs are 1-1/2 inches long (excluding the pigtails) and are made of fine wire with light tension. They work well with the larger main line relays, box relays, and Barclay relays. As is, they are too long for pony (small) relays. Of course they can be shortened, and if their tension is too high they can be stretched to reduce it. You can use them as is with fixed tension, or tie a thread to one end to be wound by the relay windlass for adjusting tension.
Spring on a relay.
#607BGL chrome KOB set.
This is a sharp looking KOB set, with all of the brass parts chrome plated. The wood base is stamped "20" (ohms) between the wire terminals -- but there are no other markings so the maker is unknown.
The top of the key gap adjustment screw is broken off, and the key lever and knob are cocked (see the photos). I tested this on 6 VDC and it works well.
It's quite unusual to find chromed vintage instruments. This would be an attractive KOB set for your railroad or landline display.
Another view. ...
Third view. ...
#K1107ELA New Haven Clock Company KOB set.
The New Haven Clock Company (of New Haven, Connecticut) was incorporated in 1853 and lasted until 1960. In addition to making clocks, during the late 1800s it made telegraph instruments; it apparently sold its telegraph line to National Electric in 1890.
Here is a scarce NHCCo KOB set. It is in unusually fine condition. The compact wood base measures 7-1/2 x 4-1/4 inches.
The sounder is about 4 - 6 ohms. It has been tested and works.
Another view. ... Third view. ... Name on sounder. ... Bottom.
#1105LYY Tillotson private line set.
Private line sets were used in homes and offices in the 19th century. Suitable in design for their environment, they have a fancy, cast iron base and elegant design. All are scarce. The one offered here is marked "L.G. Tillotson & Co., New York" and dates from about 1870. Note the heavy brass straight lever on the key, and the unusual sounder construction. The cols have Bakelite covers.
One screw holding the stop standard to the left side of the sounder appears to be a replacement. There is some paint loss and light surface rust at the left side and back edge, but the name and most of the fancy decoration remains intact. This is a beautiful display piece ("an office credenza item," as one collector has said of such instruments). Tested and works (use 3 to 6 volts).
$645.00 (S&H = $14.00)
#410TPR lineman's set.
Lineman's test or pocket set -- From the shape of the frame it appears to be a Bunnell. The size of the Bakelite base is about 5-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches.
The coils are good (about 200 ohms, I tested it on 6 volts). The key spring is obviously a replacement, a wire was added to the bottom (see photo), and it needs adjusting. Otherwise it looks original. This would be a low cost addition of a scarce lineman's set for your collection.
Another view. ... Third view. ... Fourth view. ... Another view.
#0110LEY Bunnell lineman's set in case.
These pocket sets are scarce - and it's rare to find one in its original carrying case. This has the Bunnell name on it; in its 1915 catalog they referred to it as a "pocket relay." This was offered with either 150 or 250 ohm coils (this one is 150 ohms, and the coils test good).
There is a nut missing underneath on the lever spring cup screw (brass nuts are available at your hardware store). The case latch works; the covering is showing its age and the previous owner apparently made a hole in one end of the case for the wires so he wouldn't have to remove the set from the case while using it.
out of box.
Back of case
#208OGR Bunnell miniature KOB.
A few years ago the Bunnell Company produced a limited edition of its "centennial issue" miniature telegraph keys, sounders and KOBs. They were a reproduction of its miniature instruments made in the early 1900s.
Here is one of the little KOB sets. The base measures just 1-1/8 x 2-1/2 inches. This is a real working instrument. The sounder is 150 ohms, and works on 9 volts maximum (I tested this on on 6 volts, which I recommend). Its two-digit serial number can be seen on the sounder (the key SN is on the bottom of the key).
This comes complete with its original velvet pouch, certificate of authenticity, and information sheet. Another view.
#904TRO P.O. & G. Co. lineman's set. This is commonly called a lineman's pocket set. This instrument is marked Western Electric Co. on the key lever. The cover, coil and knob are stamped PO&GCo which is thought to be Pacific Oil and Gas Company; this is likely, as I aquired it out of California. Such sets date from the late 1800s; they are scarce and a fine addition to any telegraph collection. This one is especially desireable with the PO&G provenance. This is in good condition: the coils are good and there is only one tiny chip in the cover edge (photo 3). The sounder return spring is missing, and the small screw that holds the key gap anvil is missing; both parts are hardware store items. Second photo. Third photo. $1,495.00 (S&H=$16.00)
#209TOR Partrick and Carter KOB set.
An early, rare and highly collectible key/sounder combination set on a wood base. Most parts of the key and the sounder are cast iron. The circuit closer on the step-lever key is stamped with the maker's name. Decoratively painted on the base of the horizontal-spring sounder is the 1875 patent date (hard to read).
The sounder spring and tension screw were missing; what you see is my jury-rigged replacement. (A long, thin light spring -- as from an old typewriter -- would be a better replacement.) The two wire terminals are a different style from the usual P&C terminals I have seen so may be vintage replacements. There is a crack in the wood base (you can see it in the photos) but it is tight (perhaps an old repair). Finally one coil wire is overly long (shown), you may wish to dress it for appearance.
This is offered as shown. Tested and working on 3 - 4 volts DC. Despite its minor issues it would be an impressive instrument for your working landline display.
Name on circuit closer.
Decoration on sounder.
Warning: On box relays such as those below, there is a large adjusting nut on the box which moves the magnets closer to, or away from, the relay armature. Backing this nut out should allow the magnets to move closer to the armature (and turning it in should move the magnet poles away from the armature). But if this nut has become stiff or stuck on the adjusting screw, backing it out might cause the adjusting screw itself to turn counter-clockwise and unscrew from the magnet assembly inside the box. This would cause the magnet assembly to fall inside the box, and you would have to dis-assemble the box to repair it.
You will not have a problem if you pay attention and are careful. But if this happens to your box relay, open it up and re-attach the magnet assembly to the screw. Here's how: Remove the far ends of the three wires which come out of the box from the base (you may have to remove two wire terminals to do this). Straighten the three wires perpendicular to the base. Below the box, remove two machine screws (which fasten the adjusting screw holder) and two small wood screws (which hold the box to the base).
The box is now loose; push the three wires up through their base holes as you raise the box from the base, being careful not to disconnect two of the three heavy wires from the fine magnet wires they connect to. Now repair: Loosen the adjusting nut on the screw and apply a drop of oil to it (Kriol recommended). Put the adjusting screw pressure spring back on, and when you re-attach the adjusting screw to the magnet assembly, use a drop of Loktite. Reverse the procedure to re-assemble. (These details pertain to most Bunnell box relays; yours may be slightly different.)
We do not accept return of box relays or Barclay sounders which have been mis-adjusted by the purchaser to cause the magnet assembly to separate from the adjusting screw.
#401BCF Western Electric box relay KOB.
A doubly scarce collectible: First, it's a Western Electric box relay KOB. Second, it has the rare twin-lever key with elliptical base. The key is stamped "pat'd Dec. 5, 1893." Beneath the key lever pivot is a bar connecting the two base pivot pillars, a very unusual design for this hand key.
It is in excellent cosmetic condition. I found no continuity on the coil wires; it could be repaired though that might involve opening the box. It is offered as a rare display item.
#497BPG Bunnell box relay KOB.
This is a box relay in combination with a key. It has the old-style wire terminals and the vintage Bunnell bow-tie nameplate which is stamped 150 ohms. The key is marked "patented Feb 15 1881." I have replaced the missing original string-and-spring from the windlass to the relay armature with a replacement spring. The wood finish has dulled from age and would benefit from polishing; it is otherwise in excellent condition, tested and working (10 - 12 volts).
Barclay sounder warning: Since the adjustment on a Barclay sounder is similar to that of box relays, the warning given above for box relays should be observed for Barclay sounders.
#401BCE Bunnell "Barclay" type combination set.
This KOB set has a Barclay drum-type sounder, which has a brass box with one side of wood. This provides a more resonant sound that the ordinary sounder. This one is a 150 ohm main line unit.
Excellent condition with nice nameplate; possibly once restored in he past. It has an odd extra screw between the wire terminals, otherwise it is complete with all original parts. Tested and works on 6 volts, though the spring shouldl be adjusted forless tension.
#RAT108 Bunnell Barclay KOB.
Here is a Bunnell Barclay KOB set worthy of a little clean-up and restoration. The key is marked Bunnell, and there is a metal Bunnell name tag on the base marked with the coil resistance (150 ohms). The key is missing the circuit closing lever and a small nail is missing from one side of the name tag. The sounder spring should be replaced. The coils are good, tested and working (6 volts).
Read this page for information on using a sounder.
Western Union 15-B main line sounders:
The 15-B is one of the "standard" Western Union main line sounders. It is a large sounder that has the armature (lever cross-bar) and coil pole pieces oriented at an angle. There is no downward stop screw on the main lever; the adjuster lever on the resonator plate moves the coils in and out horizontally and provides a convenient adjustment for the spacing of the bar and pole pieces. Bunnell described the gap adjustment as "instant magnetic gap adjustment by means of an easily operated lever which moves coil assembly in a horizontal plane." The base is wood and the the metal parts (except for the spring and magnetic circuit components) are brass.
The 15-B came in different resistances and, since the higher resistance units operated at lower current, it was preferable to use those whenever the nature of the line or circuit permitted. A 1929 Western Union booklet describes the 120 ohm sounder as having a normal operating current of 40 ma, and the 30 ohm sounder requiring 70 ma. Many of these WUTCO sounders were made by Western Electric.
Other companies also made the 15-B, such as Bunnell and Foote-Pierson, and their specifications may vary. For example, Bunnell offered three different 15-B sounders; a 1950s Bunnell catalog described them as: 150 ohms, 40 ma; 120 ohms, 45 ma; and 30 ohms, 90 ma.
Using batteries or a DC power supply, you would power these (and any other sounders) with the voltage that would properly operate the unit. For example, the Western Electric 120 ohm sounder should operate fine on a voltage of IxR or 0.040 x 120 = 4.8 volts (nominal 5 volts). I have found that typical 120 ohm units operate well on anywhere from 4 to 6 volts (depending, of course, on the adjustments of the pivots, spring tension and magnetic gap).
I have found that most W.E. 30 ohm sounders, stated to work at 70 ma (2.1 volts), work better at a higher voltage, and in fact work well at 3 to 6 volts. As with all sounders, use yours on the lowest voltage that allows it to operate well. However, if you don't have an adjustable power supply, the use of a 6 volt lantern battery is usually convenient for a 120 ohm main line relay.
The bottom of the 15-B sounder has a wooden mounting spacer or "donut" at the screw hole on each end of the wood base, and two pointed brass feet at the wire terminal end. Due to shrinkage of the wood, one or both of the donuts are often missing, but this does not affect the mounting or operation of the sounder.
The coil covers are painted brass. You will occasionally find one with polished brass covers, undoubtedly done by someone during a restoration process. While not period-correct, it does make the sounder an impressive display piece.
#1004COY Bunnell 15-B 150 ohm main line sounder. Click on photo for a larger view.
This is a new old stock sounder in the original box, in exceptional condition. The lever is stamped with the Bunnell name. The wood base is stamped "Main Line Sounder 15-B, 150 ohms."
If you are building a "new" demonstration or museum quality display system, it is rare to find instruments in this condition. Tested on 6 volts DC and working; as usual, use the lowest voltage that gives proper action.
#711CCB Bunnell 15-B 120 ohm sounder.
This main line sounder was made by (and marked on the lever) J.H. Bunnell. This is in very nice original condition. Tested on 6 VDC.
$90.00 (S&H = $12.00)
#1212CEO Bunnell 15-B 120 ohm sounder.
This main line sounder was made by (and marked on the lever) J.H. Bunnell, and stamped on the wood base "main line sounder 15-B 120 ohms." The coil covers are brass. It is missing one wooden spacer on the bottom. A nice clean sounder for use or display. Tested on 6 volts.
#1212BBC Bunnell 15-B 150 ohm sounder.
This main line sounder was made by (and marked on the lever) J.H. Bunnell. The coil covers are painted brass (this makes it a good candidate for stripping and polishing if you are so inclined). This is in very nice original condition. Tested on 6 VDC.
$95.00 (S&H = $12.00)
#1012CTO Foote-Pierson 15-B 120 ohm sounder.
Maarked on the lever as made by Foote-Pierson, with a 1917 patent date on the resonator plate. The wood base is in its original natural finish and is nicely stamped with the Western Union sounder identification. The bottom of the base has a nice WU inspection stamp.
The coil covers are brass; the black overpaint is scratched. The mounting donuts underneath are missing. Tested and works well on 6 volts.
$95.00 (S&H = $12.00)
#1012BTO Western Electric 15-B 120 ohm sounder.
Marked on the lever as made by Western Electric with the 1917 patent date also on the lever.
The brass parts are heavily patinated. The mounting donuts underneath are missing. Tested and works well on 6 volts.
$90.00 (S&H = $12.00)
#604BLY Western Electric 15-B 120 ohm sounder.
Marked on the lever Western Electric, and Western Union on the metal 15-B nameplate. This has been through the WU New York Repair Shop (NYRS) and like all keys and sounders that come out of the shop, the base is painted black and the brass parts have a cadmium plating. Note the NYRS stamp on the bottom.
Needs cleaning. Tested on 6 volts and works well.
$90.00 (S&H = $12.00)
#1012CLT Western Electric 15-B 120 ohm sounder.
Marked on the lever Western Electric, and Western Union on the metal 15-B nameplate. The coil covers are brass. Another NYRS sounder with the stamp on the bottom, though it appears that a previous owner has polished most of the cad plating off of the brass parts.
It is missing one of the wood mounting "donuts" on the bottom, but this does not affect operation or even the actual mounting. Tested on 6 volts and works well.
$95.00 (S&H = $12.00)
#1212BTP Western Electric 15-B 30 ohm sounder.
Marked on the lever Western Electric. The coil covers are brass. The wires underneath are blue, indicating they have been replaced, and the split in the covers is showing on both coils (perhaps the covers were turned during the wire work). Tested on 4 - 6 volts.
$95.00 (S&H = $12.00)
The Western Union 17-A sounder is similar to the 15-B in that this main line sounder is found in both 120 and 30 ohm coil resistances. And like the 15-B, it has an unusual (but easy to use) gap adusting mechanism: The large knurled knob raises or lowers the coils with respect to the armature. And because the coils are moved, it has no lower lever stop screw. But unlike most other sounders, it has double resonator plates.
The 17-A is a large, heavy and impressive looking sounder: While typical local sounders weigh about 1-1/4 pounds and stand 3-1/2" high, the huge 17-A sounder weighs almost 2-1/2 pounds and stands 4-1/2" high. Like the 15-B, it has painted brass coil covers.
Any we have are listed below.
#105BGR Western Union 17-A sounder. Click on photo for a larger view.
Made by Bunnell (stamped on the lever), with metal Western Union nameplate, this is a 120 ohm sounder. The coil covers are brass. With the brass parts cadmium plated and the wood base painted black, it appears to have been through the Western Union New York Repair Shop, although it is not so marked.
The spring is a replacement. Tested (6 VDC) and working.
#S0105BGH Western Union 17-A sounder.
The wood base is stamped "W. U. Tel. Co., main line sounder 17-A, 120 ohms" and has a WUTCO inspection stamp underneath. This sounder was made by Bunnell (stamped on the lever). Note the double resonating base plate. The height of the coils (and armature gap) are adjusted by the large knob and mechanism. Tested and works on 6 to 7-1/2 volts. An impressive main line sounder.
#612COE Western Union 17-A sounder. Click on photo for a larger view.
This large sounder was made by Hardwick Hindle Inc. as stamped on the lever; this maker is not commonly found. The wood base is stamped "WU TEL CO, main line sounder 17-A, 120 ohms." The wood base is black and the metal parts appear to be cad plated, suggesting it went through the WU New York Repair Shop, though it is not so stamped. Tested at 6 volts.
Western Electric 3C Sounder
The Western Electric 3C is somewhat smaller than the WU 15-B, and has the typical screw adjustments for both positions of the lever. This simple design, used on most sounders made since the 1870s, makes the 3C a good choice to represent a sounder of almost any era. These 140 ohm (main line) sounders work well on 6 volts DC.
#509CEE NOS Western Electric 3C sounder. Click on photo for a larger view.
This is a 140 ohm main line sounder in excellent, unused (new old stock) condition. It is rare to find any sounder in this condition. Tested and works fine (6 volts DC, 45 ma).
#1112BLL Western Electric 3C sounder.
Same model as above. Good used condition, all original. Looks like the brass was once polished. The legend on the side is hard to read. Tested and works (6 volts DC).
#1212CEY Western Union / Bunnell 1-A sounder.
Made by the J.H. Bunnell Company, this has the Western Union nameplate identifying it as a type 1-A sounder. The resonator plate shows the May 17 1895 patent date. It has been through the WU New York Repair Shop and came out with the usual black painted wood base, cadmium plated brass parts, and NYRS stamp on the bottom.
Tested on 3 VDC.
$59.00 (S&H = $8.00)
Two Bunnell 1875 sounders. Click on photo for a larger view.
These are identical models with a Feb. 16, 1875 patent date on the resonator base. Nice early "push-spring" design sounders. Both are in excellent cosmetic condition and marked 20 ohms.
At left, #405CBB, this one is nickel plated, very unusual. However, it does not work -- perhaps poor connections or bad coils. There is tarnishing of the plating; a good polishing should make it sparkle. Fix it electrically, or use it as a nice museum display piece or prop. SOLD
At right, #111BTE, the same sounder in brass, looking almost new. Works well on 3 to 6 volts. SOLD
#205BLE Postal / Bunnell 1875 sounder. Click on photo for a larger view.
This 1875 sounder has large Postal wire terminals and the wood base is stamped "property of Postal Tel Co" (some letters missing due to a chip in the base). It shows age and use; both lever stop screws were missing and I put in the replacements. Seems to be 20 ohms. Tested and working at 3 volts, however there is poor contact between the coil wires and the terminals, this area need removalof oxidation.
#508TPO Bunnell Atkinson transmitter. Click on photo for a larger view.
Bunnell describes this transmitter as the "shovel nose pattern." I understand it is a circuit-preserving transmitter used in an Atkinson single line repeater system.
This is marked with the maker's name, J.H. Bunnell, on the sounder lever. It is in beautiful new old stock condition. Tested on 6 volts and works, however the coils appear to be 4 ohms so it should normally be operated at a lower voltage.
#105CRA Western Union 15C Ghegan sounder. Click on photo for a larger view.
Stamped on the side of the wood base is "100 ohm main line sounder 15C" and stamped near the wire terminals is "WUTELCO." Stamped into the brass plate is "Ghegan patent, uly 16 1901." the Bunnell name is stamped on the lever.
On this design, one of the adjustment knobs drops the main lever at the frame, the other controls spring tension. all parts, including the lever and coil covers, are brass; only the coil armatures are steel. An interesting and scarce sounder.
Cosmetically, this shows its age. Tested and working at 50 milliamperes (6 volts).
#908COL Manhattan giant 20 ohm sounder. Click on photo for a larger view.
A large sounder from the Manhattan Electrical Supply Company. This rare model (I have only found two in twenty years) has an unusual pivoting frame mechanism for quickly adjusting the armature gap. (It drops the main lever at the frame, somewhat like a 15-C Ghegan sounder.) This is a 20 ohm sounder with the early style wire terminals.
Very clean looking; the brass has very light patina. Tested and working; use 3 to 3-1/2 volts.
Size compared to a typical small sounder.
#408CTA Bunnell Tel & Elec Co sounder. Click on photo for a larger view.
A scarce Bunnell Telegraph and Electrical Company sounder. This company was in operation for only four years; for its history, see this page. The lever is marked Bunell Tel. & Elec. Co., New York USA, and the brass resonator plate is stamped Pat May 7 1895. There is also the scarce Pat Nov 20 1883 stamp on the upper arch of the pivot frame.
One of the coil covers has a large chip missing (on the inside where it can't be seen), and one of the three conical brass feet is missing. Otherwise complete and original. Tested on 3 VDC and working. A fine addition to your Bunnell collection.
Lever and plate
#x07 tubular frame sounder.
No markings but this is the Western Electric style tubular frame sounder. Old style, fancy wood base measures 3-1/8 x 5-1/2 inches. Large wire terminals, heavy cast brass resonator base plate. 4 ohms. $115. (S&H = $10.00)
Telegraph relays use a small spring holding the armature, connected with thread to the adjuster. If yours is missing, click here to see the hook-up.
Main line relays typically have 150 ohm coils. The coils are in the main telegraph line in series with the station key, and the contacts control the local low-resistance sounder circuit.
#407RAT107 Bunnell relay.
A small, 100 ohm Bunnell relay with a cast iron sub-base. The wood over iron base measures only 3-1/2 x 6 inches. The maker's name, model and relay resistance are on a metal nameplate. This has the old style spring-though-armature stop design.
A cute little relay in very good original condition, that works well; tested on 6 VDC.
#811CAT SEMCO main line relay.
A 150 ohm relay made by Signal Electric Manufacturing Company of Menominee, Michigan. The wood over iron base measures about 4-1/2 x 8 inches. The maker's name and relay resistance are stamped into the wood base. This has the old style spring tensioner and wire terminals.
This gooseneck relay appears to be in unused, NOS condition. The coils are tested (6 VDC, 40 ma) and working.
Not of the period but the old style tensioner and terminals make it a nice item for the early railroad depot or Civil War reenactor.
#811BGT SEMCO main line relay.
As above, in good used condition showing some wear. The coils are tested (6 VDC, 40 ma) and working. The spring is a replacement.
#1004BLO Bunnell main line relay.
A 150 ohm "Type 2-3" relay made by J.H. Bunnell & Company of New York. The wood over iron base measures about 5 x 8 inches. The maker's name, model and relay resistance are on a metal nameplate. This has the newer style (single post) spring tensioner and screw-type wire terminals.
There is a light Navy anchor stamp on the bottom. This relay is in excellent, unused, new-old-stock condition. The coils are tested (6 VDC, 40 ma) and working.
#1212CLA Bunnell main line relay.
A 150 ohm "Type 2-3" relay made by J.H. Bunnell & Company of New York. The wood over iron base measures about 5 x 8 inches. The maker's name, model and relay resistance are on a metal nameplate. This has the newer style (single post) spring tensioner and screw-type wire terminals.
This relay is in excellent, unused, new-old-stock condition. The operation was tested at 6 VDC and is working.
#105BEP-B 491CBC Bunnell main line relay.
A 150 ohm "Type 2-2" relay made by J.H. Bunnell & Company of New York. The Bakelite over aluminum (or pot metal) base measures about 3-1/2 x 7-1/2 inches. The maker's name, model and relay resistance are on a metal nameplate. This has the newer style spring tensioner and wire terminals.
The steel parts and sub-base show oxidation, and overall it could stand cleaning. The spring is a replacement (no thread). The coils are tested (on 6 VDC) and working.
#1106CAL Jester-Cooper relay.
This is a four-coil relay for the Jester-Cooper repeater system. It appears to be mounted on slate over a cast base. The brass nameplate indicates it was patented in 1933.
The main (upper) coils read about 250 - 300 ohms. The lower coils read very high resistance and I do not know if that is correct. I do see that the gooseneck is slightly bent. This instrument needs checking and repair if it is to be used. Nevertheless repeater instruments are scarce, and this is an interesting addition to any landline collection.
#0406BTP Rare Bunnell Ghegan relay. Unusual Bunnell relay on slate over cast iron base. This measures about 3-1/2 x 7-1/2 inches. The brass plate on the slate is an early style "J.H. Bunnell & Co. N.Y." plate. The brass plate on the brass box over the coils identifies this as a Ghegan Relay.
I don't know the specs on this, but a similar Ghegan relay is described in a Bunnell ad on page 87 of the June 1924 issue of QST; it is apparently a high-speed radio telegraph receiving relay operating on 1/2 to 2 ma. (and it sold for $40 back then!).
Other than the replaced spring, this appears original and complete. It does need restoration, both cosmetically and to repair one of the coil-to-terminal wires (not operable as is, and I cannot check coil continuity). An interesting and rare addition to your collection.
Second photo. Third photo. $145.00 (S/H=$10.00)
#RW525BLY Western Electric no. 22A relay. The base is slate over cast iron. This relay has a switch to open the contact circuit. Stamped on the coil pole-piece is "Western Electric, patd July 21 1903, made in USA." Engraved on the slate is No. 22 A, 100 ohms." Very good original condition and complete except for the spring. $120.00 (S&H = $12.00)
A call box (shown at right) was mounted on the wall of a business office. When the businessman wanted a Western Union (or Postal Telegraph) boy to come pick up a message to be sent by telegram, he'd turn and release the crank on his call box. This would generate a series of pulses (usually a two or three digit code). At the telegraph office, many selectors (Gill selectors) were connected to the wire. A selector is like a relay with a gear escapement matched to a certain series of pulses. The pulses received over the wire from the office call box would trip a specific Gill selector, closing a set of contacts and lighting a lamp or otherwise indicating the origin of the call. The telegram boy would them know which office to go to. We occasionally have call boxes and selectors offered here.
#097CEG U.S. Electric Co. gill selector.
A scarce gill selector from the United States Electric Company, with the name and "pat Dec 15 '08" cast into the top pf the glass cover. The porcelain base measures about 3-1/2 x 6 inches. It is in excellent condition, and the coils check out with continuity. (I do not know the operatng voltage.) Top casting.
#208BLG HALL gill selector.
Here is a nice find to complete yourWestern Union telegraph system. The porcelain base is about 4 x 6 inches. Cast into the glass cover is "Gill selector, Hall Switch and Signal Co." Inside is a maintenace record form with one entry dated 1960; the bottom has several inspection stamsp, including from the WU New York Repair Shop (NYRS).
The glass cover is chipped at two bottom corners (see photos); the coils show good continuity (50 ohms each, a jumper presently on the center terminals connects them in series). casting in glass. ... side view. ... maintenance record.
#0505CLG Western Union 6B Call Box.
Metal oval deep blue porcelain finished cover, red knob, white porcelain base. The base is about 3-1/2 x 6 inches. The mechanism was made by T.A. Edison inc. The code wheel is 5-4. Western Union inspection stamp on bottom. Very good condition, tiny white paint speckles on upper sides (will clean up), no chips. Second photo.
$120.00 (S&H = $9.00)
#307BGE Western Union 6B Call Box.
Metal oval deep blue porcelain finished cover, black knob, white porcelain base. The base is about 3-1/2 x 6 inches. The mechanism was made by Hammarlund. The code wheel is 3-1-4. Western Union inspection stamp on bottom. Very good condition; chipping around lower cover screw, excellent porcelain base. Second photo. Third photo.
$110.00 (S&H = $9.00)
#W906DEP Western Union 6B Call Box.
Metal oval deep blue porcelain finished cover, black knob, white porcelain base. The base is about 3-1/2 x 6 inches. The mechanism was made by T.A. Edison inc. The code wheel is 3-5-1. Western Union inspection stamp on bottom. Chipped around cover screws and on right edge (see third photo), otherwise it is in good condition. Second photo. Third photo.
$75.00 (S&H = $9.00)
#C606BRT Western Union 4B Call Box.
This old-style call box has a metal oval deep blue porcelain finished cover on a large white porcelain base. It has exposed front terminals and the old-style crank knob. The base is about 3-1/2 x 6-1/2 inches. The mechanism, made by Hammarlund, has code wheel #22, and it works. The cover is in excellent condition, as is the base. Second photo.
$145. (S/H = $9.00)
#WU907BRH Western Union 4B Call Box.
This old-style call box has a metal oval deep blue porcelain finished cover on a large white porcelain base. It has exposed front terminals and the old-style crank knob. The base is about 3-1/2 x 6-1/2 inches. The mechanism, made by Hammarlund, has code wheel #115, and it works. The face of the cover is in excellent condition with "Western Union" undamaged and nicely readable, though there is a large scrape on the left side, and a couple of chips at the lower end of the base. Second photo.
$120. (S/H = $9.00)
#0405BHO Postal Telegraph / Western Union call plate.
This heavy, cast brass plate measures about 5 x 7-1/2 inches. It has the names of the Postal Telegraph and Western Union, as well as the arms of the state flag of Pennsylvania. This is a faceplate for two callboxes, used to call the company of your choice. Rare.
$225.00 (s/H = $9.50)
#WU907COA Western Union / Postal Telegraph call plate.
A heavy brass plate made to hold a Postal and a WU callbox. The customer could select the company of his choice to pick up his message to be telegraphed. This 6 x 7-3/4 inch plate has been made into a desk pen-holder set using brass fittings, with padded feet underneath. Nice desk item to use as is, or it can easlily be reverted back to its original purpose. Rare. Second photo.
$225.00 (S/H = $9.50)
A telegraph line is a single wire, with the earth used as the ground return. A station or depot has two wires entering the station (commonly called "east" and "west" lines). They would first be tied to a lightning arrester for station and instrument protection, and from the arrester to a switchboard.
At left is a lightning arrester. The east and west lines connect to the top outer terminals; note the saw-teeth on these plates, to encourage high voltage (lightning or static) to jump to the center plate, which is grounded. The local circuit (to a key and sounder, or key and relay) connects to the lower terminals. Inserting the brass peg in the bottom hole joins the lines and cuts out (bypasses) the local circuit. The top outer holes are used to ground one side of the line or the other for test purposes. The peg is put in the top center hole when not used.
At right above is a single-line switchboard (sometimes called a pegboard, or button switch). Two pegs are required to connect (or cut in) the wires to a set of local instruments (relay, key, sounder). Alternatively, one peg (usually placed at the top of the board) is required to ground one side of the line for fault test purposes. One peg (usually placed at the bottom of the board) is required to connect the wires together and thus cut out the station; some older boards require two pegs to cut out. (The station can be cut out either on the arrester or on the switchboard.) Since only one of these actions is done at a time, the minimum number of pegs required for a board is two times the number of lines it handles.
The arrester and pegboard shown above are not for sale; the ones we have for sale are shown below.
Pegs: Since a large railroad junction station or Western Union office might have several switchboards in use, the pegs might have been mixed or borrowed from one board to the other. And since the boards may have been purchased at different times, made by different manufacturers, or transferred from other offices, each of them may be found with a mix of peg styles. The pegs would be of the same size to fit the board, but the knob style can be different. I will try to state whether the pegs for one of our boards match or not, but sometimes the difference is slight. Do not be surprised if you receive a switchboard with a slightly different variety of peg styles in it.
#111BTL Bunnell "Union" arrester.
Described in the 1915 Bunnell catalog as "Union lightning arrester and ground wire switch, serves as a peg cut-out, lightning arrester, and ground wire switch." It is a saw-tooth lightning arrester and with the single peg you can ground either side of the line to test for faults, or short the lines together which cuts out your station.
The base is 2-3/4" x 3-3/4". This scarce little arrester is in excellent condition. The peg holes are unusually small; since the original peg was missing I had to grind down a peg to fit the holes.
#407RAT102 New Haven Clock Company / Western Union single line switchboard.
Here is one of the scarce telegraph items made by the electrical department of NHCCo during the 1880s. This is a small (3-1/2 x 4-1/4 inches) single line switchboard (pegboard). It has a plate-type lightning arrester, and cast iron foot mounting brackets. This was purchased and used by Western Union Telegraph; stamped into the wood base is WU TEL CO.
This is in very good original condition; the brass has the patina of age which you may wish to polish to match the excellent condition of the wood base. It includes four pegs, one of which does not match the others.
Name on lightning arrester plate.
WUTEL name stamped into base.
#1008BEL Bunnell Telegraphic single line switchboard.
Items from the Bunnell Telegraphic & Electrical Co. are scarce; this company was in operation only from 1900 to 1904. And single line switchboards are uncommon. Which makes this single line swichboard with the BT&E mark rare. The wood base measures about 3-1/2 x 4-1/4 inches, has a plate-type lightning arrester, and cast iron foot mounting brackets.
This includes two pegs. It apparently was on the wall of a depot or office when the walls were repainted; the feet and sides of the base have gray paint on them. The brass is oxidized; the left runner shows some electrical burn marks; the center peg storage hole has been drilled out. It thas three different style terminals (although none are obvious replacements). A ancient and rare artifact for your depot.
Name on lightnng arrester plate.
#208TEP Bunnell two-line telegraph switchboard.
It is rare to find a board in this condition: Here is a new old stock Bunnell two-line switchboard, with individual plate style lightning arresters on each line. The maker's identification appears on a brass plate. This board measures 7-1/2 inches high x 7 inches wide (plus the extended mounting feet).
This includes its original cloth parts bag of two brass mounting screws and six cross-cut pegs. This is in new, "museum quality" condition.
#B806TTT Bunnell-Western Union three-line telegraph switchboard.
This is a three-line switchboard, with a plate style lightning arrester. The Bunnell name is stamped at the center of the lightning arrester plate, and "W.U.T.Co." is stamped into the wood at the upper right. The style of the local circuit wire terminals (see second photo) suggests that it is relatively early. This measures 8-3/4 inches high x 9 inches wide (plus the extended mounting feet). This comes with a full set of six cross-cut pegs with unusual tops. Good condition; there is a heavy patina on all of the brass.
Pegs and terminals.
#705TTE Bunnell four-line telegraph switchboard.
This is an early four-line switchboard with disc type lightning arresters on each line. The Bunnell name is stamped in the wood at bottom center. It is also stamped with the Hocking Valley Railroad name (1864 - 1930, Ohio). This board measures 11-1/2 inches high and 10-1/4 inches wide (plus the extended mounting feet).
This is an early board dating to the 1800s as shown by the disc arresters, single-pin cutout (bypass) at the bottoms of the line bars, and beveled edges on the board. Disc arresters use a mica insulating spacer under the disc which is perforated areound the edge, providing an air gap (there are no micas on this board).
This is complete with eight pegs (as found) and even the rivets in the spare-peg holes. Good condition for its age; it has never been cleaned, and would bebefit from a mild cleaning of the brass and wood (but do not strip it or use harsh cleansers).
Overall this is a nice, rare, early railroad-marked switchboard.
Railroad name stamp.
Bunnell name stamp.
#B1106TRGT Bunnell five-line telegraph switchboard.
This is a scarce five-line switchboard, with a plate style lightning arrester. The Bunnell name is stamped at the center of the lightning arrester plate. The style of the local circuit wire terminals (see second photo) suggests that it is relatively early. This large board measures 12 inches high x 12-1/2 inches wide (plus the extended mounting feet). The wood (which appears to be hard maple) has been stripped, but not refinished (the back was left unstripped). The brass strips and terminals have been cleaned. The pegs (a full set of ten) are replacements.
Pegs and terminals.
#508TLG Western Electric six-line telegraph switchboard.
This is a scarce six-line switchboard, with a plate style lightning arrester. Western Electric co., New York, is stamped at the center of the lightning arrester plate. This board measures about 14-1/2 inches wide X 13 inches high (plus the extended mounting feet). Note the painted N and S identifying line directions.
This is in overall good condition, see the photos. Note the paartially broken foot at top right. The pegs (a full set of twelve) are replacements.
#1008oyy Western Electric eight-line telegraph switchboard.
This is a rare eight-line switchboard, with a plate style lightning arrester. Western Electric co., New York, is stamped at the center of the lightning arrester plate. This board measures about 18 inches wide X 16-3/4 inches high (plus the extended mounting feet). The board has some of the lines identified by numbered nails (see photo). The pegs (a full set of sixteen) are original (as found). This board is complete and original in well-used condition.
Nails identifying lines.
#1008ogy National Electric / Western Union ten-line telegraph switchboard.
This is a rare ten-line switchboard, with a plate style lightning arrester. Nat. Elec. Mfg. Co. 14 & 16 Vesey St., NY, is stamped at the center of the lightning arrester plate. This dates it to the late 1800s.
It was used in a Western Union office as identified by the W.U. TEL. CO. stamp in the wood at the lower right of the board. This board measures about 19-1/2 inches wide X 17-1/2 inches high (plus the extended mounting feet). The pegs (a full set of twenty) are original (as found). This board is complete and original in well-used condition.
Resonators, to quote an old Bunnell catalog, are "for loudening, concentrating and directing the signals of an ordinary Morse sounder to the ear of the receiving operator. Especially adapted for receiving operators using the typewriter, for noisy railroad stations, and for all situations where the sound of the instrument is subject to interference from outside noises."
There are three general shapes of resonator hoods: the early square box style (rare), the curved-back "Mascot" shape (scarce), and the more common triangular "Acme" shape. Mascot and Acme are Bunnell terms, but serve to identify similar styles used by Postal Telegraph, Pennsylvania Railroad and others.
There are two types of resonator stands: portable, which can be moved to any position on the desk within range of the cord, and adjustable, which would have the base screwed to the desk but with two or three swing arms to enable the hood to be positioned close to or away from the operator. Almost all swing arms you will find are made by, and marked, the White Company of Worcester, Massachusetts. The most common portable stand is the candlestick telephone type, but many interesting cast iron varieties of portable stands can be found. Some cast iron portable stands are rare and very collectible.
Since you may have a particular preference for the style of sounder to be used, or a requirement for a certain sounder resistance, most of our resonators are offered without a sounder.
#1091BRP two-arm resonator.
This two-arm adjustable resonator has aluminum (rather than cast iron) White Company arms -- perhaps late manufacture. The hood is an excellent reproduction, painted Western Union green (a few of these were made by a collector twenty years ago, and are no longer available). This is in excellent as-new condition.
The sounder is shown for example, and is not included.
#208BHY portable resonator.
A scarce Mascot type hood on a rare cast iron desk stand, with message rack. No identification as to maker. The rack is the bronze Bunnell type.
This shows its age. There is a crack in the curved back of the hood, and the painted finish of the base is mostly gone. The cord is quite worn and may need replacement. Interestingly, a pencil is pushed into the base where to cord enters to keep the cord from pulling out.
The sounder is shown for display, and is not included.
Back of resonator.
#1012BPE Mascot style portable resonator.
As above, but without message rack. No identification as to maker. Overallheight is 14-1/2 inches; the hood opening is 7 x 5 inches.
The top of the hood is chipped,and the shellac finish has the typical shrinking of age. The cast iron base is patinated with light surface oxidation. There is no cord.
The sounder is shown for display, and is not included.
$195.00 (US S&H=$15.00)
#812TAE scissors extension resonator.
Adjustable resonators usually have two or three solid arms (almost always made by White of Worcester, Mass.); scissors extensions are usually found holding railroad candlestick telephones. Here is a rare adjustable resonator with scissors extension made by Chicago Apparatus Company.
This was a Western Union item; the hood is stamped at the front bottom WU TEL CO (light and hard to read). The sounder wires were brought out on the side of the hood, though they could be brought out (better, in my opinion) through the bottom hood tube. The stand has been mounted on a piece of plywood.
In twenty years of collecting telegraph apparatus, this is the only scissors-adjustable resonator I have found. The sounder and its wires are shown for display, and are not included.
Side of hood showing wire holes.
Label on base.
#312BRY Algoma resonator hood.
This is a rare Western Union resonator hood made by the Algoma Panel Company, as stated on the metal nameplate -- in all my years of collecting this is only the second one I have seen by Algoma. The bottom photo shows a WU stamp, and the hood mount which is finished in WU green. If you have a White Company stand with a missing or damaged hood, here is a great item for your collection.
The sounder is shown for display, and is not included.
#411CAP two arm resonator.
This consists of a two-arm cast iron resonator stand made by the White Company of Worcester, Mass., patent date 1911, and an unmarked (no name) hood. This was used on a Colorado railroad, probably the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe. A paper pasted in the resonator above the sounder lists the office codes for the La Junta, Denver and Trinidad operators (it is quite faint and has been coated with shellac).
This is in as-found condition. The lower stand and the hood mount are Western Union green; the two arms are black. The longer arm has some loss of finish. The back of the hood has been painted black, and much of the hood has a shellac (or laquer) overcoat. Physically it is in very good condition and would be a nice authentic item for your railroad or landline display.
The sounder is shown for example and is not included.
#501TEG Western Electric portable resonator.
This portable resonator is comprised of a Western Electric 10A hood on a Western Electric stand. It is in vry good condition, ready to be wired with your favorite sounder.
#611BAH Western Electric table resonator and sounder.
Western Electric model 12A table resonator with a Western Electric model 3B sounder, 20 ohms. It has the WE decal on the back. The sounder included here is marked on the lever and the wooden base. Table resonators were fixed to the operator's desk, and not mounted on a stand.
The resonator and sounder are in very good cosmetic condition. The sounder is tested and works (use 3 to 6 volts).
Insulators are a nice "go with" to a telegraph instrument display. Although we don't especially look for insulators or pins, we sometimes acquire them in estates; I will offer those we find below.
The insulator was affixed to a pin attached to a pole. The telegraph wire was laid against the insulator's wire groove and held in place with a tie wire.
Pins were usually straight iron type, side-mount wood, or straight crossarm-mount wood.
Collectors identify insulator shapes by "CD" number; I will give these when I can but since I am not an insulator collector I cannot guarantee it.
#PIN-IRON iron insulator pin.
Overall this cast iron pin is about 7" wide and 4-1/2" high. It is painted black (has minor chipping). May date from the late 1800s.
Shown with insulator (not included).
#511TPA iron crossarm pin with insulator.
This is a vertical pin for inserting in a crossarm; it has a threaded wooden cob at the top for holding the insulator. The overall length is 9-1/2 inches. Included is a 4" light green insulator marked "B".
The pin is heavily pitted and the nut is frozen on to it. The skirt of the insulator is chipped about 40% around.
$29.00 (USA S&H = $12.00)
#ARMSTRONGS3 clear glass insulator.
Cast into this type CD-115 clear glass insulator is ARMSTRONG'S NO. 3, MADE IN U.S.A. (A in a circle) 3 5 .... [four dots]". It is about 3-1/4" high and has two wire grooves. Very good condition, no chips or cracks.
$9.00 (USA S&H = $9.00)
#BROOKFIELD1 green glass insulator.
Cast into this type CD-102 green glass insulator is "BROOKFIELD". It is about 3-1/4" high and has one wire groove. Seems roughly cast; good condition.
#WU-INS Western Union insulator.
Rubber insulator made by Continental Rubber Works for Western Union. Cast into it is: front: CONTINENTAL / RUBBER WORKS U.S.A. back: W.U.TEL.CO. / PAT.PEND. dome: R*4 mold: 31 and 2-C. This measures about 3-3/4" high. The threaded wooden cob (originally on an iron pin) is still inside.
$19.00 (USA S&H = $9.00)
#508COG J.H. Bunnell battery jar.
A glass screw-top type jar or bottle standing about 8" high. Cast into the glass is "J.H. Bunnell & Co., N.Y." The top of the rim has been ground to a flat surface.
Although I could not find it in my old Bunnell catalog, this is a Grenet-type battery jar dating from the late 1800s; compare the Novelty Electrical Company battery jar shown on this page.
It is a rare item; in twenty years of collecting telegraph apparatus, this is the first Bunnell Grenet-type jar I have seen. It is in very good condition, with no chips or cracks.
#208CCH Telegraph glue strip moistener.
When telegrams were received on a paper-strip printer, the operator would cut the strip into appropriate lengths, moisten the glue on the back with this instrument, and apply the strips to the telegrapm form.
The plastic water container is about 5-1/4 inches long. This set includes three metal caps: two Western Union caps (marked WU TEL CO) of different styles, and one Postal Telegraph cap (marked POSTAL). It also includes a green plastic "finger cutter" (worn on the operator's finger and used to quickly and efficiently cut the strips into lengths) marked Western Union.
This rare set is unusually complete, and in very good condition.
#WUCHAIR Western Union operator's chair.
Several years ago, the North Station terminal of the Boston and Maine Railroad was renovated (along with the entire Boston Garden sports arena). I was fortunate to be able to acquire several items from the telegraph office - which included this Western Union telegraph operator's chair. I have only seen one other in thirty years of collecting.
This rare item could be the final touch to completing your railroad or WUTCo office display. Good used condition.
Second photo. ... Stamp under seat. ... Another view.
$775.00 ... Pick up in Stow Mass., or I can deliver to a local hamfest; inquire re shipping.
#0605TRT Early Western Union telegram..
1857 Western Union telegram. Western Union was formed, as this form says, by a "consolidation of the House, Morse, O'Reilly, Wade, Speed and Cornell telegraph lines." This message was sent just the year after the creation of the giant telegraph company. It is dated April 9, 1857, years before the completion of the first transcontinental line (1861). It was sent from Columbus and received at Mt. Vernon. A similar, and only slightly earlier, telegram is shown in Oslin's The Story of Telecommunications (p. 81). An early, scarce and historic document. Good condition, edges age toned, stain on right, left side fold open about 2". larger photo. $245.00 (S&H = $5.00)
#OLIVER708 Oliver Visible Typewriter.
One of the most identifiable of early telegrapher's "mills" was the Oliver side-strike typebar "visible writer." This was advertised extensively to telegraph operators in early twentieth century publications such as the Railroad Telegrapher published by the Order of Railroad Telegraphers (ORT) - see photo below. If you want a scarce, authentic operator's mill for your depot display, here is the Oliver No. 5. The serial numer 187xxx dates it between 1907 and 1910. Each type-bar has three characters - lower case, caps and figures - so there are two shift keys on each side.
This item is original, the finish and gilt lettering is in very good condition. All of the keys are free and operate their typebar. The space bar does not work and I think the carriage string is broken (there is a string on the right platen knob holding a part, that may be it, see photos). It looks like there was a pencil holder atop the right hand typebar segment, but it is broken. Otherwise this is a complete and nice looking addition to your old depot display, and it may work with a little repair.
$175.00 -- Shipping about $15 to $36, inquire with your address for S/H cost.
#0305BEE Ticket Office Sign.
This is a double faced porcelain-on-metal sign from the old Boston Garden, playground for the Boston Celtics basketball team and the Boston Bruins hockey team. More relevant to railroad collectors, it is also the North Station of the Boston & Maine Railroad. The Garden underwent a complete renovation in the early 1990s, and this sign came from that work. It is double-sided, and 42 x 12 x 2" thick. Has hanger hooks. It shows some wear, age and chips (the photos make it look somewhat better than it is).
$150.00 (S&H lower 48 states = $26.00)
#0105BPL Western Union sign.
Here is an original, vintage Western Union sign. The color of this large porcelain-coated metal sign is white lettering on deep cobalt blue. It is double sided, measures 30 x 18 inches, and has 14 holes around the edge for mounting (suggest hanging by chain from top holes for view of both sides). Although the edges show chipping damage, the lettered face is in very good condition. The lettering on one side is almost untouched (unusually nice!); the other has a nickel-size chip on the "W" and a smaller chip on the last "N" of "Western." There is a ripple or wave in the bottom edge of the sign.
second photo. ... third photo.
$265.00 (S&H lower 48 states = $22.00)
#208BOA Weston model 264 table meter.
The dial of this meter bears five patent dates, from 1888 to 1901 with "others pending." It is also marked W.U. TEL. CO (Western Union Telegraph) type 1-A. Overall dimensions are 6-1/4 x 4-1/4 x 2-1/2 inches deep. The scale goes +/- 175 milliamperes DC.
The metal case is painted gold (the original color was black) and the nameplate has been polished. This is tested and works (I used the center terminal as common and applied 100 ma first to one outside terminal, then the other).
Nameplate. ... Back.
#M1204BLL Weston model 264 table meter, 30 ma.
The metal housing of this Weston telegraph "mil-ammeter" measures 6" x 4" x 1-1/2" deep. Made for Western Electric / American Telephone, the scale is marked "A.T.&T. Co." and "W.E. Co. No. 12015." The nameplate includes five patent dates from 1888 to 1901, and "other patents pending." Mounts to table or circuit base-plate with two screws into the bottom (looks like #8/32). This meter has two terminals on the back, and the center-zero scale reads 30-0-30 milliamperes. Very good condition, tested and working.
#ALBERTTIN Pince Albert tobacco tin. What's a resonator without a Prince Albert tin to modify and further amplify the sound to the operator's liking? These are old tins without the UPC bar code (pre-mid 1970s). Most have the Prince in an oval on both sides, an earlier one has a legend on the back. Ours vary in age and condition. One of these on your sounder will provide a colorful finishing touch on your resonator display as shown here.
ALBERTTIN5 With zip code in address (1963 - 1970s). (The address is on the side of the tin, and the zip code would not be very noticable with the tin behind the sounder.) May have a dent, sun-faded side, or small rust area. We will ship best available. $7.50
ALBERTTIN4 No zip code in address (pre-1963). Top reads "net wt. 1 5/8 oz." Badly dented at bottom (perhaps from being jammed between the sounder and resonator). $6.50
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