Southern Cross
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 J. Wood showed a (rare!) lower-case alphabet in 1863.¹ Ubiquitous in its time, it is known today as Southern Cross.

McGrew adds that the Bruce TF (New York) cataloged it as Ornamented 1041;² it was also shown by the Boston TF in 1860. Southern Cross is not to be confused with Cross Gothic, Bruce’s Ornamented No. 1528.

Like so many other recent bubble-bursting “surprises,” two sizes were shown in Hænel’s amazing catalog of 1847! Since Friedrich Bauer attributes Hænel’s success to importation of roman types from TFs in Great Britain and France³ and Gray’s earliest specimen is dated about a decade later, the original design is almost certainly French.

This letterpress typeface has not been digitally archived for posterity. An excellent working specimen is available to revival developers on request.

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More updates of Nicolette Gray’s research of 19th-century type trends in Great Britain:

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.
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