Device used to apply gum to the back of paper tape marked on the front with received telegraph signals. The tape was then adhered to a sheet of paper to provide a record of the telegraph message. (See object ST 041289 for an example of such a sheet).

This type of gum pot was used in relay and destination telegraph stations.

Physical Description

Brass baseplate on which is mounted a rectangular brass box with a brass lid, hinged at one end. A wheel made possibly of ebonite or rubber is pivoted on a horizontal axis spanning the width of the box. Part of the wheel projects through a slot in the lid. Fittings at either end of the slot guide the paper tape over the wheel which would have carried gum from the pot up on to the underside of the tape.

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