Nicolette Gray writes of Old Style Ornamented (SB 1875), “More interesting is the group of faces, neither quite script nor gothic, but very round like the new blacks, and like all blacks dominated by the lower-case design.

“Early versions still have something of the clerical touch of the seventies, Caslon's Minister is nonconformist with its smooth blacks and horizontal stresses and so is Stephenson Blake's Old Style Ornamented, even though the absurd hair lines popping up in curls detract from the downward droop of the lower-case m and n and the upper-case R.”¹

This face was designed and patented in 1871 by Julius Herriet Sr. for Bruce's New York Type Foundry, which showed it as Ornamented No. 1526. It is better known today as Katherine.

¹Gray, N. (1938): Chapter VII, 1875-1890. In XIXth Century Ornamented Types and Title Pages, pages 63-69. Faber and Faber Limited, London.

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