Perkins Model A Braillewriter


Accession Number: 1992.412

Description: Rectangular black-enameled steel plate body on a black wood base; base has a rounded extension with a raised rim under the front to form a keyboard tray, three rubber pads tacked to bottom to cushion the writer; fixed arched diebox on front middle; six steel braille keys with rounded wooden pads angle out from a central trapezoidal nickel plated steel space key; eighth key on left, currently inoperable and of unknown purpose; nickel plated steel carriage with two black enameled wood paper feed knobs; paper feeds between wooden and knurled steel rollers, rolling around the wooden roller inside a stationary bright aluminum tube; two line advance levers on left side of carriage; right and left margin stops on bar at front of carriage; small oval carriage release lever on extreme right of carriage; automatic line end bell inside body; stamped in middle of bar on front of carriage, "PERKINS INST. MODEL A"; stenciled in gold on keyboard shield, " THE PERKINS BRAILLEWRITER/PERKINS INSTITUTION/WATERTOWN, MASS. PATENT PENDING"; brailled plate is attached to the lower right-hand corner of the machine. Model A; serial no. 88.

Date Made: ca. 1914

Place of Origin: Watertown, MA

Collection: APH Collection

History/Provenance: APH Collection

Subjects: Assistive technology Braillewriters Mechanical writing.

Dimension Notes: 4 3/8 x 15 x 7 3/8 in.

Made: Perkins Institution

Material: Metal, wood

Updated: 04/10/2019