This is based on a mid-Victorian Connor’s foundry font originally known as Manhattan.
One of several old faces known in America as “French Clarendons”, in Europe as “Italians”, and, wait for it, in France as “American”.
We took a distressed-looking Victorian type called Cabinet and redesigned it with clean lines to make it more suitable for today’s decorative work.
Quite readable in all sizes.
A Victorian type which, like so many others, was originally offered without a lowercase.
As we do so often, we designed a matching lowercase for it.
We also added a shaded version of the caps, figures and points of our earlier Vanities font.
A neat face with pronounced spur serifs which several foundries have already digitized. We like ours better though, because we have drawn a lowercase which was lacking in the original.
Barnhart Bros. & Spindler of Chicago introduced this type in 1888.
At the very least, you'll need this for the Chinese New Year celebration.
This was designed in the year of the monkey, and includes all the usual accents for Western European languages. Caps have tassels, lowercase have no tassels.
We know very little about this font. A printer in Lisbon had it, but said it came from England. Nicolette Gray shows it in her Nineteenth Century Ornamented Type Faces as Lord Mayor from the British Typefoundry. We never got the complete font, but drawing the missing letters was not difficult.
The Barnhart Bros. & Spindler foundry put out a caps-only face called Dante. We liked it, but felt it needed a lowercase. The result here is a rather nice square design, which has become a personal favorite.
Originally made in seven sizes, 6 to 48 point. Our font was digitized from the 24 point which we found in 1947 in a Sparks, Nevada, newspaper shop.
Typical of the late nineteenth century types for job printers, where the rule was “never start a line with a font used in the line above”.