These two guys actually don’t belong together, though they came together in a lot I recently purchased. If you look at the Number 514 specimen page on the Rob Roy Kelly Collection site, you’ll see that the uppercase S should have the same triangular protrusions that the lowercase form does. I think what happened is that the set I bought is actually two similar typefaces mixed together (the other F I have from this set is not nearly as eccentric as this one). What is interesting is that even though they aren’t the same typeface, they have a lot of similarities, such as the concave ends of the stroke. It might be that Number 514 was based on this unadorned typeface, with the angular ornamentations added.
The lowercase block has clearly seen less use than its partner, which is common, though you can just barely see the grain on the uppercase form, and I think it will clean up very nicely. There’s the smallest hint of red ink on the top right corner. You can see where the edges are starting to round over from heavy use, and how the shoulder is filled with ink. The lowercase block is cleaner, with a nice reddish color. There is an odd part of the shoulder along the top of the face, where the shoulder drops to a lower height. I’m not sure what would happen in production that could lead to that.
Style: Number 514
Style first appeared: 1887
Size: 8 line
Manufacturing Method: Die Cut?
Is it part of a complete set? Not Yet