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or Christmas pud leŌ on the menu. The               NAME THE TYPEFACE ?
dinner also gave us all a chance to celebrate
Robin Clark's birthday, and this being           1 4 An answer to last month’s compeƟƟon
Robin's eighƟeth was a very special one.
Unfortunately, due to illness, John and Dee      comes from George Webb (5265): I started
Miller were unable to aƩend, but John had got    by thinking it was a iniƟal leƩer fount based
hold of a quite special birthday giŌ of Wallace  on the Frakter style, probably cast around
and Grommit cufflinks, which he arranged to        the 1920's in England. Time spent looking
have delivered to the dinner. Robin being a big  through my printed reference material failed
fan was delighted – well done John!              to produce an answer. I then discovered
                                                 an American photographer who sells
AŌer the dinner, we all went to Robin and        photographic prints of typefaces and he had
Jean's for a chat and a slice of birthday cake.  a print of the fount in quesƟon. Unfortunately
We took the chance to catch up on news and       he did not name the type but called it
to inspect the years Rosen Award entries.        'decoraƟve metal leƩerpress type—iniƟals
Surprisingly our panel of experts declared that  font—stained by color inks' (not very helpful).
all things considered the Lincolnshire Branch    However his photograph included an
should win. Arrangements for the next branch     ampersand, therefore it can not be an iniƟals
meeƟng made and then, when all of the            fount because leƩers used as iniƟals would
birthday cake was finished, headed home.          not have an ampersand. So it must be a Ɵtling
                                                 fount and probably American and first cast in
                                                 the second half of the 19th century.

                                                 When I have acquired an unknown typeface
                                                 I give it a temporary name oŌen from the
                                                 source of purchase unƟl I discover the proper
                                                 name. I think 'Swadling Outline Frakter
                                                 IniƟals' or 'Kinross' or 'ToƩon' might be a
                                                 temporary stop gap!

                                                 Digging a liƩle deeper on American types
                                                 and reference to the pin marks of early
                                                 American foundries. I have uncovered a
                                                 digital fount supplier called Fontspring who
                                                 have an u&lc version of the typeface that
                                                 they call Black Pearl. It is their revival of an
                                                 ornate calligraphic typeface probably first
                                                 casted in metal type between 1850 and 1870.
                                                 They have added a lowercase to the original
                                                 capitals-only metal type. I am unsure if the
                                                 original type was called Black Pearl or if this is
                                                 the name given to the digital revival.

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