I love T’s that have downward serifs coming off of the top. They look so statuesque! This is from the French Clarendon set, so it has generous brackets and very tall, thick serifs. The brackets are so extreme that the underside of the top line doesn’t have any room for straight lines, one bracket melds into another. This block has been cut into for kerning purposes, and man, did they cut it close!
The face of this block has a lot of interesting, irregular marks on it, some look like they are from scratches. The wood is a lovely golden color and you can still see the grain despite the abuse the block has taken.
Style: French Clarendon No. 2
Style first appeared: 1873
Size: 12 line
Manufacturing Method: Pantograph
Is it part of a complete set? Yes