“Franciscan”

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June 29, 2014 at 8:52 AM #11913

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Runic OutlineThis fabulous 3D face (tradename unknown) is the “poster child” for runics, a style class with fieldmarks like cupped serifs and the ever-so-handsome R. It may have been rare during the 19th century; the only matching specimen found so far is a numbered “two-line” one shown in the Boston TF catalog of 1860.

It is likely that the punches were produced by BTF’s staff type-cutter, Samuel S. Kilburn [1799–1864], who specialized in display types of this size.¹ Since he was not a designer and Nicolette Gray discusses only one runic (dated 1869), the working model was probably French.
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¹Loy, W.E. (1898–1900): Designers and Engravers of Type. In The Inland Printer, November 1898.

Preliminary Specimensflickr images 
Working Specimens

Excellent-quality scan(s) of complete dual-case alphabet as shown in the preview.


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July 10, 2014 at 7:47 PM #12629

Anna

A much better second commercial specimen has been discovered in the 1888 catalog published by the Conner TF, and it suggests an acceptable working title:

“Franciscan”


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