Tuscan Floral
McGrew identifies this face as Tuscan Floral, cautions that the design differs among sizes and attributes it to Caslon in 1854.¹ His likely source, Nicolette Gray, notes that this sheet of Caslon’s c1854 catalog was “stuck in.”²

The earliest specimen personally examined appears in the 1847 catalog of Eduard Hænel (Berlin). Friedrich Bauer explains that Hænel purchased matrices of trendy roman designs from leading TFs in Great Britain and France.³

Since the German example significantly precedes the one documented by Gray, one must conclude that it was imported from France as proposed by Bullen.⁴ Ooooo-la-la! Such delicate, whispy lines surely l-o-o-k très français, n’est pas?

McGrew adds that the specimen illustrated in his monograph was recut from a face by Conner.¹ Indeed, varying sizes of the same face were also shown by the Boston (1860) and Farmer (1867) TFs.

In his biography of punch-cutter Harrison T. Lounsbury, William E. Loy writes that he engraved a version titled Ornamented No. 1041 for the Bruce TF.⁵ It was shown in the 1969 catalog (earliest of this period available).

This letterpress typeface has been digitally archived for posterity.

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¹McGrew, M. (1993): American Metal Types of the Twentieth Century (Second, Revised Edition), page 344. Oak Knoll Press, New Castle, DE.
²Gray, N. (1938): XIXth Century Ornamented Types and Title Pages, page 201. Faber and Faber Limited, London.
³Bauer, Friedrich (Offenbach 1929); Reichardt, Hans (Frankfurt 2011): Chronik der Schriftgießereien in Deutschland und den deutschsprachigen Nachbarländern. Courtesy of the Klingspor Museum.
⁴Bullen, H.L. [pen-name Quadrat](1906-1908): Discursions of a Retired Printer. In The Inland Printer, March 1907.
⁵Loy, W.E. (1898–1900): Designers and Engravers of Type. In The Inland Printer, May 1899.
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