Stright Key collection


I6QON (c) Key J-47  Brass Frame Type
I6QON (c) Key J-47 Brass Frame Type

Here is a scarce Lionel J-47 key, with brass frame type. It is the same hand key used on the J-38 assembly, with the circuit closer and on a J-47 like base, but this in steel inox base hand made by "sk I6BDS".

Marconi AS N.300A

This key is a rare one indeed !

Almost identical to the PS N. 213A, is the coastal station keys line.

Marconi Coastal Station Keys model AS N.300A  and next model PS N.213A, the series of finest stright keys in the world!





1920 - 1930 Marconi AS N. 300A - I6QON (c)
1920 - 1930 Marconi AS N. 300A - I6QON (c)

The knob and the skirt are ebonite, was the plastic of those years, made from a soft rubber compound, sulfur, and thickener material, was then baked at 150 ° C in the furnace. Subsequently, the material could be machined with lathe or milling cutters.  A material that elicits a certain charm and warmth in the objects that today there is more!


IZ3BSR Mirco in Venice, the amateur who has given me says that this key was found at a flea market, to "Piazzola sul Brenta" twenty years ago, and says he remembers a reseller of Trent, then you can not know where had worked on this button, you can still suggest perhaps a coast station or on board a ship.

This key I rebuilt the stream of electrical contact by inserting a button in pure silver, the handwheel of the spring has been rebuilt, the plan to put your fingers under the knob has been rebuilt as well as the screw connected to the main spring. The key is returned to work as well as an original key, and transmit such key has a special charm creating a musical Morse code unmistakable.

Marconi AS N. 300A on plexiglas mat, refitting by I6QON (c)
Marconi AS N. 300A on plexiglas mat, refitting by I6QON (c)

Photographic gallery in workmanship