Ornamented No. 1
Nicolette Gray identifies this face as Ornamented No. 1 introduced by A. Wood (Austin Letter Foundry) in c1874.¹ Earlier specimens:

•1860, Boston TF catalog. According to William E. Loy’s biography of BTF’s staff type-cutter, Samuel S. Kilburn [1799–1864], it is likely that he produced the punches.²

•1864, Flinsch TF (Frankfurt). Advertisement published in the leading German trade journal.³

•1866, Farmer TF (New York). Rimmed Condensed, an unshaded outline derivative cut by James West was shown in the same catalog. Before emigrating to the US in 1860, Mr. West [b Edinburgh, 1830] had cut punches for faces discussed by Gray.²

No French face of the same period has been matched with Gray’s specimen, so the tentative conclusion is that the design originated in Germany. 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, 204. Faber and Faber Limited, London.
²Loy, W.E. (1898–1900): Designers and Engravers of Type. In The Inland Printer, March 1898 (West) and November 1898 (Kilburn).
³Archiv für Buchdruckerkunst und verwandte Geschäftszwiege|Archiv für Buchgewerbe (1864-1902): Volume 01, December 1864. Alexander Waldow, Leipzig.
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