Tentacule is the main font I use in "Squid and Owl". It's based on an old Victorian font of uncertain provenance and nomenclature. If you can enlighten me about it's ancestry with any specificity, I would be curious to hear the tale. Basically, the story is that I found an old and tiresome X-Mas book for children (no date, but probably around 1900) that was, as an added bonus - very ill-printed. It reprints "Twas the night before Christmas", using the font (or face, if you prefer) that I now call Tentacule. I was fascinated by all the nasal drips - off the lower-case r, for example. It was very ugly and not Christmas-y. (See next two pages in the set.) Also, I didn't have all the letters. So I set about to redesign and refine to my taste. And the result was: Tentacule. I am proudest of the capital Q, which I think recalls a piece of cheap, reproduction Victorian (possibly Queen Anne style?) furniture, stabbing itself to death with one of its own cabriole legs, out of grief that no one wants to buy it. That's not something you can say about every Q you pass on the street.
Having thus reinvented Tentacule, for my private use, I soon noticed it everywhere. Well, in several places. t has, I have deduced with some confidence, propagated itself under the name Ringlet, thanks to Dan X. Solo's (marvelous, wonderful!) Solotype Catalog (see p. 12). Search around and find the free font by that name. But, as the pages that follow show, somehow the font made it's way from the Victorian era through the 1960's and early 1970's. And I realized it wasn't supposed to look so thick and drippy. That was just the bad print quality - ink bleeding into cheap paper, of the X-Mas book. It's really supposed to be more elegant and spidery.
But it's a hard font to pin down. Victorian, not art nouveau or art deco, obviously. Still, it's versatile in its spidery way. It could be sentimental and flowery or trippy or even Mersey-ish.