Oh my, this is a nice one. This is one of those letterform/typeface combinations that just belongs as wood type. It’s compacted and a little awkward, the arm of the F has a massive serif that juts up and nearly touches the serif on the top stroke. That top serif is absolutely huge, by the way. It’s the same height as the serif on the cross arm. The brackets on this typeface are very generous as well.
You can see the wonderful grain on this block, and with a bit of cleaning I know I can get it spotless. The counter space above the cross arm wasn’t cleared out by the wider router bit (you can see two router marks at the bottom of the top serif and the bottom of the serif on the cross arm). There are a few small scratches, but the block is in relatively good shape.
Style: Clarendon Condensed Bold
Style first appeared: Late 1800’s
Size: 24 line
Manufacturing Method: Pantograph
Is it part of a complete set? Not yet