The object consists of a saleman's model of an IBM 1285 optical reader. This optical reader was compatible with the IBM 360 system and the IBM 1447 consoles. Construction appears to be plastic cast around wood with added details. Model depicts three vertical rectangular cabinets with a horizontal door covering part of two cabinets folded down into a ledge, revealing a keyboard and model rollers inside,
When selling large, expensive computer systems, many manufacturers created salesman models to help customers visualize what they were buying as well as to assist in planning where and how to install these complex room-sized computer systems.