Wood type.
Wood type.
Wood type.
Wood type.
Wood type.
(Typography)

Wood type.

(c. 1890s). An assortment of over 200 pieces of wooden type, including two large manacles, a dial with numbers 0 through 9, over 70 ornaments and fancy brackets, 25 corner pieces, and an array of borders in different patterns and lengths. The first wood type catalogue was published by Darius Wells in March 1828 to meet the need for large, cheap type for broadsides; wood was the perfect material, being half the cost of metal type, lightweight, and with a smooth, even surface. Many other manufactories joined the market, the most noted being William H. Page, Vanderburgh, and Hamilton. The type in this set comes from a few different sources. One large hand and many of the extension dashes and stars can be found in the Morgans & Wilcox catalogue for 1890. The other hand is from the William H. Page catalogue from 1878. Several more pieces, such as the wooden pointers, can be seen in a Hamilton Manufacturing catalogue from 1899. An interesting set illustrating the history of printing, in fine condition. Item #27537

Price: $975.00

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