St. Dunstan’s Braille Writer


Accession Number: 2016.15

Description: (a) black enameled aluminum frame (based upon the original Picht in shape); six concave, oval, nickel-plated braille keys, with a space key extending from middle, set at 90 degrees to the other keys; sticker above keys, "REDWING"; mfr label on angled front of the base of the diebox arch, "ST. DUNSTAN'S BRAILLE WRITER/MARK II SER. No. 489/MADE BY REDWING LTD. CROYDON, ENGLAND"; nickel plated back space lever on right side of frame; nickel-plated carriage release on left side; carriage is nickel-plated steel with a black aluminum braille position ruler mounted on front (with a needle indicator screwed to right of the diebox arch); wooden main roller with a spring-loaded paper clamp and knurled hard rubber knobs on both sides; rubber covered secondary paper roller mounted above main roller and featuring knurled steel knobs; back bar of carriage has a spring-loaded margin set with twenty notches stamped in the bar; carriage return spring mounted under carriage to left and line return bell mounted to right; (bc) black faux two piece case; writer (a) is secured to base(b) with four thumb screws; (c) top has a rounded top, four rubber feet on back; leather handle, stamped nickel-plated steel hardware, and two drawbolt latches; sloppy red paint on top, "159-B/13".

Height: 5

Width: 14.5

Depth: 10

Date Made: ca. 1949

Place of Origin: Croydon, London, England

Credit Line: Museum Purchase, 2016.15

Subjects: Assistive technology Braille Braillewriters Mechanical writing Rehabilitation Soldiers' homes Veterans

Dimension Notes: overall writer only; case is 6.5 x 16 x 12"

Made: Redwing Ltd.

Material: Steel, nickel, aluminum, rubber

Updated: 07/21/2016