Nicolette Gray traces the British history of this face to Miller & Richard’s Ornamented No. 9 c1857, notes a German version in 1858 and reports that Austin/J. Wood showed a (rare!) LC alphabet in 1863.¹
Like so many other recent bubble-bursting “surprises,” two sizes were shown in Hænel’s amazing catalog of 1847! Since Bauer attributes Hænel’s success to importation of roman types from British and French TFs³ and Gray’s earliest specimen is dated about a decade later, the design almost certainly originated in France.
From his treasure chest of film fonts, Star THP PartnerRobert Donona has kindly furnished a full specimen complete with punctuation and ampersand.
¹Gray, N. (1938): XIXth Century Ornamented Types and Title Pages, pages 186/202 Faber and Faber Limited, London.
²McGrew, M. (1993): American Metal Types of the Twentieth Century (Second, Revised Edition), page 343. Oak Knoll Press, New Castle, DE.
³Bauer, Friedrich (Offenbach 1929); Reichardt, Hans (Frankfurt 2011): Chronik der Schriftgießereien in Deutschland und den deutschsprachigen Nachbarländern.Courtesy of the Klingspor Museum.