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August 13, 2013 at 1:19 PM #3577


EnchorialThis smashing concave sans was a triumph for the Caslon TF in 1884,¹ and it persisted as a “signature face” for many years. J.F. Cumming cut a copy entitled London# for the Boston TF,² probably the same year. An expanded derivative was shown in the Petzendorfer Schriftenatlas dated c1903.

Thanks to THP Partner Alan Prescott, both versions have been preserved for future typographers and scholars.

¹Gray, N. (1938): XIXth Century Ornamented Types and Title Pages, pages 206-207. Faber and Faber Limited, London.
²Loy, W.E. (1898–1900): Designers and Engravers of Type. In The Inland Printer 22, July 1989.

December 4, 2013 at 12:42 PM #5866

Alan Jay Prescott

Yikes. Farmer Little shows Enchorial (London) in Inland Printer March 1888. A gorgeous specimen of Expanded is called Spread. It shows a dingbat I didn’t know about and overall makes an excellent scan, so I will revisit my revival to see whether it can be improved.

Below are my revivals thus far:
Enclave Roman

Enclave Expanded


January 3, 2014 at 9:11 AM #6852


I recently found the identical ad in a low-profile trade journal called The Superior Printer datelined Cincinnati June 1887, the year before the one you discovered in Annenberg’s Journey.

Since Farmer’s Spread was a copy of Boston TF’s London cut by J.F. Cumming in or before 1884, which was a copy of Caslon’s Enchorial (1884 per Gray), the “new” ornament may have been added by Farmer’s punch-cutter (probably A.E. Woerner per Loy).

Who knows? Regardless, it makes a nice finishing touch to end the story of this fabulous face—a personal fave that “rings my chimes”!

January 14, 2016 at 3:12 PM #26503


Discussion of German availability of Enchorial Expanded/Spread: per Petzendorfer vs Dover Books.

Full Specimen, Enchorial Expanded


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