koeiekat raised this subject in the thread about Tudoresque. Does anyone know its 19th-century tradename? It looks too “dainty” to be German, as the developer’s name implies. Geschlossen Gotik translates to “closed gothic.”
Gothic-revival initials based on the 14th-century “closed letter” design (hence Altmark) — 1890.
See Dover Pictorial Archive Series: Early Advertising Alphabets, Initials and Typographic Ornaments. Edited by Clarence P Hornung. Dover Publications, Inc. 1956.
Also Dick Pape made a digital version (April 2009). Named it Gothic Closed Letter.
KK, your history knowledge is amazing! Unfortunately, I don’t own a copy of Hornung’s book, so I didn’t know the history of this face—thanks SO much this valuable info. In my dreams… Does Hornung cite a bibliography documenting the TF that introduced this very interesting face in 1890?
Hhmmm… What do you make of this specimen, KK? The Toronto TF catalog of 1899 proclaims that it is a distributor of ATF fonts (yadda-yadda), and the “drop cap” on the attached page illustrates the T of “Geschlossen Gotik.” Even so, no specimen of this face is displayed:
Thanks for this great lead, KK! My note on these pages cross-references to Nesbitt’s Decorative Alphabets and Initials [plate 94]. His bibliography cites the specimen source as Alexander Zeese & Co., 1891. Zeese’s wares, including this face, were mostly electrotypes. He patented one design for a font of initials plus ornaments in 1880.