Henry Brehmer designed, cut and patented Bruce’s Ornamented No. 1084¹ in 1886 [USPTO D16599]. Rights were assigned to David Wolfe Bruce, whose father established the Bruce TF in 1813.² It was rescued from anonymity by Dan X. Solo’s cheery name, Cocktail [Solotype Catalog 15].
¹Loy, W.E. (1898–1900): Designers and Engravers of Type. In The Inland Printer, November 1899.
²Annenberg, M.; Saxe, S.O. [Editor]; Lieberman, E.K. [Index] (1994): Type Foundries of America and Their Catalogs, page 79. Oak Knoll Press, New Castle, DE.
Examination of the patent for ornamented 1084 reveals what appears to be a lighter version than the one Solo shows, the specimen I used for revival. Petzendorfer samples also appear lighter, so it may be useful to develop another version closer in weight to the original. I will look into it.
I rounded up the specimens I have: Digital Bruce catalogs 1880s-1890s just ain’t out there (Robert has seen some of the actual books!). I have only 1869-1875 and the post-ATF 1901 edition plus scattered ads.
Petzendorfer 1898 shows a single-word specimen—have you spotted another one in a later schriftenatlas?
‘Fraid design patent applications are scanned by the USPTO @300 dpi. The only way I can think to improve the resolution is to print the original and then re-scan it. Robert has tried this and says the result was a definite improvement.
One clear difference between the DXS specimen and the others is that the E and F crossbars have arrowhead terminals (barely noticeable in the Bruce 12-pt showing).
AFA the weight issue is concerned, I think your judgment was perfectly okay the first time. The commercial specimens seem a bit dark-ish to my untrained eye. You are a (chronic) Perfectionist, so you will disagree <LOL!>.
Thanks, Alan, for volunteering extra effort to make this revival authentic.