Thanks for this complete specimen. I have added it to the patent exhibit and several catalog showings.
Herman Ihlenburg designed Arboret in 1883, patented and assigned it to MacKellar, Smiths & Jordan in January 1884.
To illustrate the e-x-t-r-e-m-e complexity of this masterpiece and the e-x-t-r-e-m-e difficulty of digitizing it, I uploaded a few jpegs to a flickr album.
Notice that every glyph involves a unique leaf background that sometimes extends beyond the ruled image. Frankly, I would be very surprised if anyone undertakes this revival project—ever!
For starters, vectorization of each of these glyphs would require countless bezier-curve control points, so the filesize to support only one them could easily crash an ordinary system. Multiply this hazard by the number of alpha-numeric plus ornamental glyphs, and begin to understand the impossible challenge…
My only suggestion for success is related to the one for MSJ Cane Gothic, which (in my dreams!) may also work for Stipple.
This can be separated as chromatic fonts. I have an idea on the layers and I will draft something out an post an image detailing the layers. I think Dan X. Solo has revived Arboret No.2 as layer fonts too?…