Nicolette Gray credits these designs to the V&J Figgins TF in 1847; Figgins’ original version of the solid one shown here was an outline shaded letter.¹ Six very slightly different wood-type variants including the solid were shown by Wells & Webb in 1849.²
Zebra# was Figgins’ original tradename; the Wells & Webb copies were numbered versions of Tuscan Condensed Shade#. The Van Horn# family surname may have been dubbed by Dan X. Solo;³ all other specimens examined are numbered.
¹Gray, N. (1938): XIXth Century Ornamented Types and Title Pages, page 201. Faber and Faber Limited, London.
²Kelly, R.R. (1977): American Wood Type, 1828–1900|Notes on the Evolution of Decorated and Large Types, pages 106, 108. Litton Educational Publishing, Inc./Van Nostrand Reinhold Company (New York 1969). Reprinted by DaCapo Press, Inc. (New York 1977).
³Solo, D.X. (1992 ): The Solotype Catalog of 4,417 Display Typefaces, pages 17, 34. Dover Publications, Inc. (Minneola, NY).