Bruce’s Rustic Ornamented Shaded was designed and patented by Julius Herriet Sr. in c1866–1867. This face is known today as Mikita to reflect Japanese influence on early impressionists.

Nicolette Gray reports a specimen entitled Novel Open in Wood's Typographical Advertiser of 1868.¹ Indeed, study of Gray’s research indicates that the Bruce TF was probably the first US exporter of display types (even if GB was not the first to import them).

Mikita and the lower-case of Belgian were the first two designs that the brilliant Mr. Herriet assigned to David Wolfe Bruce, who had hired him soon after inheriting the firm from his father, George Bruce, in 1866. Schelter & Giesecke (Leipzig) introduced a dual-case specimen of Belgian in 1867. Both of these faces have been digitally revived for posterity.

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¹Gray, N. (1938): Chapter VII, 1875-1890. In XIXth Century Ornamented Types and Title Pages, pages 192, 204. Faber and Faber Limited, London.
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