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October 29, 2015 at 7:09 AM #25628

jch02140

Curious if there is any information on this typeface? I am not sure which foundry this face originated.


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October 29, 2015 at 7:54 PM #25637

Robert

This typeface originated at Bruce’s New York Type Foundry, it is shown in the 1882 Bruce type specimen book and the 1900 or 1901 Bruce type specimen book.

Yours truly,
Robert


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October 30, 2015 at 12:27 AM #25638

Anna

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…


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October 30, 2015 at 1:03 PM #25647

jch02140

@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.)


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November 8, 2015 at 11:06 PM #25783

Robert

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.


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November 8, 2015 at 11:27 PM #25785

Anna

Thanks again Robert,

This one really fooled me—I thought for sure it was French! The patent exhibit is complete, so I’ll add Louis Quatorze to the wish-list in case someone fancies it as a revival project.

According to wikipedia.com, Louis IV reigned in 1643–1715. His name also describes an ornate style of furniture popular during the mid-18th century.


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November 9, 2015 at 7:22 PM #25810

Anna

Preliminary Specimensflickr

Working Specimens

As shown at flickr.
Bruce catalog showing extracted from PDF in two parts, grayscale tiff @1200 dpi.


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