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December 17, 2014 at 4:21 AM #20323


SterlingA “far cry” from ATF Sterling (Morris F. Benton, 1917),¹ this suave stylized latin has just the right slinky curves! The designer, Charles E. Heyer, reprises his trend-setting “hooked C” and extends the style to the “G” with a new interpretation for this stunning all-caps alphabet.

Sterling-GHis patent application was promptly approved in September–October 1890; rights were assigned to Barnhart Brothers & Spindler [USPTO D20205], his employer since 1878. It was shown by BBS until at least 1909.²

¹McGrew, M. (1993): American Metal Types of the Twentieth Century (Second, Revised Edition), page 293. Oak Knoll Press, New Castle, DE.

²Tribby, D.M. (2003): Catalogs of the American Typefounders’ Company and Barnhart Brothers & Spindler, 1897-1971. American Amateur Press Association (

Preliminary Specimensflickr imagesWorking Specimens

  • Patent Exhibit. Clear images of all-caps alphabet with alternates, numerals, punctuation, &$!?
  • Catalog Showings (5). PDF extracts of pages shown in preliminary specimens.


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