Tuscan Ornamented No. 9
In Chapter VII (1865–1875), Nicolette Gray writes that the first ornamental faces with lower-case alphabets appeared during the 1870s and illustratesTuscan Ornamented No. 9 (Figgins c1870) as an example.¹ As discovered in the case of Wood's Ornamented No. 1 (c1874), dual-case job fonts were relatively common in Europe and imported by US TFs during the 1860s.

In Footnote 217, she adds, “German, 1868.” Indeed, the earliest specimen examined was submitted by Nies (Frankfurt) for review in the May–June 1868 issue of Archiv für Buchdruckerkunst und verwandte Geschäftszwiege. A version by Eisoldt (Berlin) followed in September, and Trowitzsch (Berlin) advertised it in November.³ The Bruce TF (New York) showed it in 1869.

Bauer writes that Nies generated significant income by negotiating distribution and/or production rights to designs originated there.³ Except for electro-typed specialties like initials and newspaper banners, all pages of Bruce's 1869 specimens are headed, “Printing Types Cast by George Bruce's Son & Co.”

The fact that Bruce and two German TFs showed it soon after the Nies review raises the question, “did they order strikes from Nies?”

This letterpress typeface has not been digitally archived for posterity.

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¹Gray, N. (1938): XIXth Century Ornamented Types and Title Pages, pages 61, 189 and 205. Faber and Faber Limited, London.
³Archiv für Buchdruckerkunst und verwandte Geschäftszwiege|Archiv für Buchgewerbe 05: May-June (Nies), September (Eisoldt), November 1868. Alex-an-der Waldow, Leip-zig.
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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