Early braille teaching tiles

Kit, Learning

Accession Number: 2017.11

Description: Square tinplate case; painted gold on top, sides, and interior but not the bottom; two hinged doors on top with a swiveling catch in middle; five low shelves soldered in interior create six rows which hold fifty-nine braille teaching tiles; the tiles are wood rectangles, 1.625 x 1 x .25", stained a deep red, each with a braille symbol above an incised line, and a print symbol stamped into the wood below the line; the braille symbols are formed by a 6mm diameter nickel-plated-brass pin in the positive dots and an incised dot in the absent dots; first four rows cover the alphabet and accented vowels, row five is punctuation, row six is supplementary symbols. Note the set is missing the tiles for the comma, exclamation mark, open quote, asterisk, and capital letter but includes extra tiles for the letters A,G,L,M.P.

Height: 10.625

Width: 10.75

Depth: 0.5

Place of Origin: Toulouse, France

Credit Line: Museum Purchase, 2017.11.

Subjects: Braille Education of disabled persons Instructional aids, tools, and supplies Spelling

Dimension Notes: overall with doors closed

Made: Méricant, Louis

Material: Wood, nickel, brass, tinplate

Updated: 04/09/2019