About HWT Arabesque Font Family
A long lost Art Nouveau wood type from the Hamilton Museum Collection evokes the excesses of Victorian design and the equally quirky 1960s Psychedelic era revival of the Victorian type styles. Free flowing organic designs that flourished with Art Nouveau in the late 1800s were directly referenced and further distorted with with phototype in the late 1960s. This design, known as Arabesque, was produced by the Morgans & Wilcox Co. and the Wm. Page Co. as almost identical designs. Both manufacturers were acquired by Hamilton and offered briefly by Hamilton as design #618.
This curious wood type defies most of the basic tenets of type design and what comes to mind when one thinks "wood type". Many characters have a lively eccentricity that were all left true to the original design. Additional characters were designed to fill out the standard range of characters found in digital fonts. This font includes over 280 characters for full unicode support of Western and Central European Latin characters.
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About Hamilton Wood Type Collection
The Hamilton Wood Type Collection (HWT), established in 2012, is a joint venture between P22 Type Foundry and the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum. The classic designs in this collection are based on scarce printed specimens and actual wood type from the historic artifacts at the Hamilton Museum. Some of this fonts are the product of the Hamilton Wood Type Legacy Project—a collaboration between the museum and designers to make contemporary type designs for Hamilton’s use in the production of new wood types. The inclusion of HWT to the P22 roster is a perfect addition to the legacy of keeping classic designs relevant and usable in contemporary design.
The Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, is the only museum dedicated to the preservation, study, production, and printing of wood type. Hamilton has one of the premier wood type collections in the world and is an unparalleled source of research material for printing historians and aesthetes alike.