Silver Tuscan
The Stephenson Blake TF (Sheffield) showed this face in c1841, the earliest example in Great Britain;¹ Figgins (London) offered it in 1845 as Scroll Shaded No. 3.

Apparently, these competing GB producers acquired the design from Fonderie Génerale (Paris)[FG]. The earliest specimen personally examined is illustrated in the 1839 catalog as Toscanes Grises [Gray/Silver Tuscan].

At that time, the FG principal was E. Tarbé, “Sucessor to Didot, Molé, Crosnier et Éverat.” Tarbé did not show it in 1835, when he had recently succeeded Molé.

Sometime between the two editions, Tarbé acquired the additional holdings. So Silver Tuscan most likely originated in France, probably with Didot, before 1839.

Later FG successors continued to show the identical face: Laboulaye 1853 and René 1858. In 1912, Fonderie Génerale was absorbed by Peignot, which merged with Deberny in 1923.

¹Gray, N. (1938): XIXth Century Ornamented Types and Title Pages, page 199. Faber and Faber Limited, London.
5 photos · 13 views