Stainsby-Wayne Braille-Writer, Large Interlining Model (OK)


Accession Number: 2018.1

Description: (a) writer: finished wooden base with rounded sides, a pair of wooden blocks screwed on each side stablize the base, a pair of steel pins in its bottom engage in holes in the board; a tinplate plate embossed with braille cells serves as a die plate, pinned to the wooden base; front and back nickel-plated steel rails, each with a toothed bar pinned inside; the bar on the back rail has sharp teeth facing left; the bar on the front rail has rounder teeth facing right; sled on the carriage fits in the track under these toothed bars, it supports a nickel-plated brass "crab" style keyboard with three angled keys on the left, and three angled keys on the right, with a seventh elongated oval space key outside the right hand keys; pinching two levers serves as a carriage release; a small end of line bell is mounted just left of center on the back rail; stamped on space bar key arm, "1627"; (b) board: dark finished wood with side pieces fitted with tounge-and-grove joint; eighteen (18) parallel holes in the sides accomodate the pins in the bottom of the writer; hinged trapezoidal paper clamp on top with an "L" shaped brass locking lever; two upward pins in lower jaw of clamp; two pins to right of clamp, one pin to left; plate on top of clamp, "THE STAINSBY-WAYNE BRAILLEWRITER"; stamped to right of plate, "1627".

Height: 2.5

Width: 13.75

Depth: 14.25

Date Made: ca. 1923

Place of Origin: Birmingham, England

Credit Line: Museum Purchase, 2018.10

Subjects: Braillewriters Mechanical writing

Dimension Notes: open, overall; guide alone is 13.75 x 2.5 x 2.75"

Made: National Institute for the Blind; Wayne, Albert

Material: Wood, brass, steel, nickel

Updated: 02/16/2021