Braille Hand Frames
Below are phots of a range of hand frames with a short description of their use.
A Four Cell Hand Frame for marking banknotes
Simply slide your bank note between the two sides of this frame and then using a style press out the Braille dots to mark the value of the note.
A Single Line Hand Frame
This is a single line frame of approximately 12 cells; I have never tried using it but perhaps good for embossing on narrow strips of self adhesive tape.
A 2 Lined Jumbo Cell Hand Frame
This one is used to make Braille cells larger than the normal cell size. Perhaps for someone starting to develop their sense of touch.
A 4 Lined Hand Frame produced by Perkins
This is a four lined full width frame, would have about 120 cells.
A 4 Lined Hand Frame made from plastic
This is rather like the Perkins frame above but is made from plastic.
A Hand Frame with signature guide
Here is a small frame with about 15 cells and 5 rows, a large cut out at the bottom to use as a signature guide, made from alloy.
An example of a Postcard sized Hand Frame
This is also made from alloy but a bit larger than the previous example but no signature guide.
A 27 Lined Hand Frame
This is about the size of an A4 sheet of paper. Also made from plastic.
A Slate and Style Hand Frame
This is one of the older styles of hand frames.
It has a brass paper clamp and grid, the grid section moves down the slate and locates in holes drilled in to it.
Styles and Erasers
Here we have a collection of styles; there are mushroom, saddle and other types. The name is usually referring to the shape of the small handle, which has a thin pointed metal rod extending from it, which is used to produce the dots in a hand frame. And an eraser used for smoothing down dots when a mistake has been made.