Ornamented No. 1079

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January 6, 2014 at 11:52 AM #6875

Alan Jay Prescott

1885, George Bruce’s Son

I am interested in reviving this face. Does anyone know whether this has been done?

June 1, 2014 at 1:48 AM #10257


Ornamented No. 1079This over-the-top candy cane with curls design was created by Henry Brehmer, who patented it in December 1884–January 1885. The application was submitted and approved on the same days as Ornamented No. 1077 (Ihlenburg), and the rights to both were assigned to David W. Bruce of the Bruce TF (New York) [USPTO D15748].

It was advertised in The Inland Printer of October 1885. A closeup view reveals rows of diagonal dots between the lines. If you decide to tackle this tuffie, please ask for specimens.

Besides the ad you already have, I scanned a one-liner spelling “SANS CEREMONY.” The (poor quality) patent exhibit includes the full charset: all-caps alphabet and numerals plus the usual punctuation, &, !, ?, $, £ and hyphen.


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