Picht Braillewriter


Accession Number: 2000.144a-b

Description: (a) Braillewriter: black-enameled cast steel frame, decorated on sides and top with gold pinstriping and floral details; splayed keypad with long rectangular wooden keys on steel key arms; on front edge of each key is a braille cell made of steel pins with one larger pin to indicate the dot produced by that key; the two middle braille keys have shortened arms leaving room for wooden spacing key in the middle of the braille keys; carriage is made of nickel plated steel, flat toothed bar on front engages with space bar, eleven inch wide wooden main roller with a spring-loaded steel paper clamp down length to hold edge of paper, a secondary and smaller steel and hard rubber paper roller mounted above wooden roller, held in place with a wire spring; both are advanced by a large knob with a knurled edge on right, with a wire spring mounted to engage in holes in the knob and control advance one line at a time; bar on back of carriage has twelve holes on left side, margin is sert with a set-screw; line end bell under carriage on right, return spring under carriage on left, both mounted on wings of the same casting; black plate above the keys has gold stencil in delicate script "Schreibmaschine fur Blindenschrift, System Picht"; stamped on margin set bar, "724". (b) Blind wood case, hinged lid secured with brass latches on sides; leather carrying handle bracketed to front; finger-joint construction; corners reinforced on interior with wooden quarter rounds; wooden forms on bottom interior with swiveling tabs to lock writer in place; paper label glued inside lid with engraving of the writer and legend, "Schnell-Schreibmaschine fur die Braille'sche Punktschrift der Blinden/v. O. Picht, Blindenlehrer, Steglitz-Berlin." (c) packet of instructions in print and braille.

Date Made: ca. 1907

Maker: Picht, Oskar, inventor

Place of Origin: Berlin, Germany

Credit Line: Museum Purchase, 2000.144

Subjects: Assistive technology Braillewriters Mechanical writing

Dimension Notes: 5 x 12 1/2 x 9 in. braille writer ; 6 x 13 1/2 x 10 1/4 in. case

Material: Steel, nickel, hard rubber, wood, paper

Updated: 08/19/2020