Kelly writes that this sans-serif (Solotype Wood Type Nugget#¹) was shown in 1838 by George Nesbitt.
Nesbitt, a New York printer, was the sales agent for wood types produced by Edwin Allen (Windham, CT), apparently the only supplier he represented. Kelly adds that “the design is believed to have originated in France.”²
So far, no luck finding a match in a half-dozen French specimens earlier than 1838.
See also “Angular.”
¹Solo, D.X. (1992): The Solotype Catalog of 4,417 Display Typefaces, pages 29 and 180. Dover Publications, Inc. (Minneola, NY).
²Kelly, R.R. (1977): American Wood Type, 1828–1900|Notes on the Evolution of Decorated and Large Types, pages 38 and 297. Litton Educational Publishing, Inc./Van Nostrand Reinhold Company (New York 1969). Reprinted by DaCapo Press, Inc. (New York).