Thanks so much for fielding this inquiry, Robert! So far, I haven’t matched a design patent nor a Loy attribution with jch02140‘s specimen. The Bruce TF always patented their original designs if possible.
George Bruce [1781–1866] was issued the first US design patent in 1842. After his death, his son David Wolfe Bruce patented every “new, novel and non-obvious” face introduced by this TF starting in 1868.
A reminder to all: “The source of the specimen is not necessarily the source of the design!”
@jch02140. Thank you for identifying a tradename for this face! Where did you find it? Louis XIV makes me wonder whether it was a French import…
@Robert Thank you for identifying the foundry and the info :).
@anna I found this from some random letterpress blog but the blog stated that the scan was from Phil’s old fashion type book. The blog also mentioned it has almost a complete showing of it. (Lacks numerals 1, 2 and pound sign.)
This typeface is also called Ornamented No. 1081, which was patented in January 27, 1885, the patent No. is USD15749. According to William E. Loy’s Nineteenth Century American Designers and Engravers of Type, it was designed by Henry Brehmer.