Hall Braille Writer


Accession Number: 1992.3

Description: Black enameled steel frame resting on four rubber feet, caligraphic gold stencil on steel bar above keyboard, "The Hall Braille Writer/Patent Pending"; arched steel bar extends backwards from the front top of the frame to the upward writing steel embossing head protruding through a slot in the carriage; keyboard has six black-enameled wooden keys with beveled fronts, hard rubber oval space key is mounted in the middle of the keyboard, projecting above and slightly forward of the dot keys; celluloid-covered wooden keyboard shield is missing; escutcheon engraved "Harrison & Seifreid Chicago, ILL" is pinned to enameled tinplate backplate; nickel-plated steel carriage with a bright aluminum table screwed to back, black hard rubber platen, (smaller rubber-covered steel paper roller is missing), plated brass platen knobs on right only; two rolled steel paper storage bars screwed to front of carriage; toothed nickel-plated carriage release bar is mounted on front of carriage; carriage return bell screwed under carriage on right; tension for carriage provided by a spring-loaded pulley secured behind the keyboard shield, attached to carriage with cotton cord.

Date Made: ca. 1895

Maker: Hall, Frank, inventor

Place of Origin: Chicago, IL

Collection: APH Collection

History/Provenance: APH Collection

Subjects: Assistive technology Braillewriters Mechanical writing.

Dimension Notes: 11.5 x 36 x 22 cm.

Made: Harrison and Seifried

Material: Steel, cast iron, rubber, wood, aluminum, brass

Updated: 04/18/2018