Besides being a very nice condensed sans serif letterform, this block’s defining characteristic is the painful looking wound on the lower end. It hurts me just looking at it. It might have come from a pair of pliers, perhaps whoever tried to rescue it from a life as a wall hanging got a little overzealous in trying to pull it off of whatever it was glued to. I love the middle arm of this E, it seems very truncated, just barely enough to identify it as an E. The arm sits just above the midline of the letter, so it’s not perfectly symmetrical.
This block is quite dirty, I haven’t cleaned it yet. You can barely see the grain at the bottom left, and it seems to be a nice rich color, so it will be a treat once I can get it scrubbed down. Besides the major cuts along the bottom, there are more wounds elsewhere, such as the top left along the edge and between the middle and top arm along the main vertical stroke. The block is so dirty the plateaus made by the router have built up and become angles leading towards the face. There’s also some really interesting patterning on the shoulder from the router.
Style: Unknown Gothic
Style first appeared: Unknown
Size: 22 line
Manufacturing Method: Pantograph
Is it part of a complete set? No