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Fob Watch - Braille, circa 1850-1900 Object Reg. No: SH 931129

Alternative Name(s): Pocket Watch

Fob Watch with raised numbers and numbers in braille. It was probably made during the mid to late nineteenth century and would have been used by a blind or partially-sighted person to tell the time.

Braille was first developed in 1825 by Louis Braille, a blind Frenchman. He spent several years refining his system and in 1829 published 'Method of Writing Words, Music, and Plain Songs by Means of Dots, for Use by the Blind and Arranged for Them.' In 1854 braille was adopted as the official communications system for blind people in France and in 1870 for Britain.
Metal round fob watch with metal cover and chain. The face of the watch is raised and recessed, with Braille numbers raised to show the hours, and Arabic numbers also raised slightly. The hands of the watch are of brass; a link between the watch and the chain may be gold-plated; the rest is Britannia metal.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind (RVIB), 1993
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 8.00 cm (Height), 0.50 cm (Width), 5.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: disability organisations, visual impairment, time keeping, braille
Themes this item is part of: Horology Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MEDICINE & HEALTH
Secondary Classification: Health Organisations
Tertiary Classification: special needs equipment
Inscriptions: Numbers 1 - 12 around the watch face.
Date Made: circa 1850-1900

Probably, based on the style, a mid to late nineteenth century example.

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