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August 3, 2013 at 8:41 AM #2941


The design for Caprice was patented by Arthur M. Barnhart of Chicago in January-February 1888; rights were assigned to Barnhart Bros. & Spindler of the same city [USPTO D18035]. The affidavit claims that he “invented and produced” the design. This legal language is interpreted to mean that he did not personally draw the letterforms.

Considering that C.E. Heyer was employed by BBS as a designer-cutter in 1879–1897¹ and patented 35 typefaces plus ornaments assigned to this TF, it is likely that Caprice was the work of an independent lettering artist.

It is interesting to note that the patent applications for both Caprice and Colgate# were submitted on January 11 and both begin with the letter “C.” This circumstantial evidence suggests that both faces were designed by someone whose surname also began with “C.”

CabinetThe tradename Caprice has been mightily confused with that of Cabinet# [left], which was designed, patented and assigned to BBS by German immigrant Ernst Lauschke in February-April 1888. The specimen of Caprice shown in The Solotype Catalog² is captioned Cabinet#. Furthermore, Cabinet# has been revived as Caprice.

This page excerpted from the Hawks & Shattuck catalog of 1889 illustrates both BBS faces on the same page for comparison.

THP Partner Alan Prescott has done “poetic justice” to a revival of this cutie!

¹Loy, W.E. (1898–1900): Designers and Engravers Of Type. In The Inland Printer, January 1900.
Solo, D.X. (1992): The Solotype Catalog of 4,417 Display Typefaces, page 20. Dover Publications, Inc. (Minneola, NY).

November 29, 2013 at 6:07 PM #5508

Alan Jay Prescott

Caprice has been revived as Capulet Roman:
Capulet Roman

October 5, 2014 at 8:02 AM #16649


Thank you—I LUV it!


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