Nicolette Gray writes that Caslon showed Armorial in c1879.¹ According to the specimen extracted from the BTF 1880 catalog, Caslon purchased it from the Boston TF. Indeed, BTF Armorial was reviewed in the Autumn 1879 edition of Hailing’s Circular.

Armorial was renamed Templar when the lower case (designer unknown) was added in ≤1884 [Palmer & Rey 1884]. It was extremely popular; a numbered dual-case wood type version was shown by William Page in the same catalog.

This letterpress typeface has been digitally revived for posterity.

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¹Gray, N. (1938): Chapter VII, 1875-1890. In XIXth Century Ornamented Types and Title Pages, page 206. Faber and Faber Limited, London.
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