Scottish-born Alexander T. Kay, who did not profess to be a designer, cut Anglo Saxon# for the Caslon TF sometime before emigrating to the US in 1854.¹ Nicolette Gray cites it in the Caslon Circular c1854.²
THP PartnerRobert Donona, who has digitized it beautifully, recently spotted an earlier specimen in the Hænel 1847 catalog. Since Gray’s earliest citing is seven years later and Bauer writes that Hænel imported his matrices from GB and France,³ its origins are most likely French.
¹Loy, W.E. (1898–1900): Designers and Engravers Of Type. In The Inland Printer, September 1898.
²Gray, N. (1938): XIXth Century Ornamented Types and Title Pages, page 188. Faber and Faber Limited, London.
³Bauer, Friedrich (Offenbach 1929); Reichardt, Hans (Frankfurt 2011): Chronik der Schriftgießereien in Deutschland und den deutschsprachigen Nachbarländern.Courtesy of the Klingspor Museum.