I love this block. Pieces of type like this are usable works of art. The letterform itself is so heavy but it isn’t brutish. The arrow shapes that appear in the counter spaces are fascinating to me. The serifs aren’t as thick as many styles of clarendon, which makes the letter look a bit more modern.
You can see the pantograph marks in the counter spaces. The face is one of the most beautiful I’ve seen. The color of the wood is rich and clear, and you can see the grain crossing the face vertically. This block was cut from a particularly large tree, as it is 4 inches tall and you can still barely see the curve to the grain. The splotches left on the block are some result of ink being left on them, and not all of it came off.
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