Colgate# was patented by Warren Barnhart of Chicago in 1888; the rights were not assigned. The affidavit claims that Mr. Barnhart “invented and produced a new and original Design for a Font of Printing Type.” This legal language is interpreted to mean that he did not personally design the face.
Considering that C.E. Heyer was employed by Barnhart Bros. & Spindler as a staff designer-cutter in 1878–1897¹ and patented 35 typefaces plus ornaments assigned to BBS, it is likely that Colgate# was commissioned from a freelance 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.”
THP PartnerRobert Donona applied his usual expertise to the dual-case alphabet, numerals and ornaments of this artistic typeface.
¹Loy, W.E. (1898–1900): Designers and Engravers of Type. In The Inland Printer, January 1900.