Ballu slate

Slate, Desk

Accession Number: 2001.211.113

Description: Board slate for writing 10-dot Ballu; aluminum board has furrows, pins, and a top-hinged frame; brass guide is notched on one end and has 2 pegs on back to fit holes in frame; 1 line of 46 columns. "632" --front of guide. "632" and "Istituto Dei Ciechi Napoli Paolo Colosimo" --front of frame. A stylus was used with the Ballu slate to make tactile print, by embossing dots in the shapes of letters of the Roman alphabet.

Height: 10

Width: 7

Date Made: n.d.

Place of Origin: Naples, Italy

Collection: Ronecker Slate Collection

History/Provenance: Ronecker Slate Collection

Credit Line: Museum Purchase, 2001.211

Subjects: Ballu Boards (writing) Slates Tactile writing

Dimension Notes: 10 x 7 x 3/8 in. board ; 1 x 7 1/2 in. guide

Made: Istituto Paolo Colosimo, Napoli

Material: Aluminum, brass

Updated: 10/05/2015