Not every set of type you come across still has the ampersand, so I was thrilled when I saw this fellow in the type case. It’s nice and restrained; compact and sensible. It has plenty of variation in the stroke width but it is so nicely contained. Many of the wood type ampersands I have are very wide and irregular, and often don’t fit well with the rest of the typeface. This guy is lovely and melds right in with the rest of the set. I love how the curves in the counter spaces dictate how the stroke widths transition into one another.
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