Cooper Black (?) with sloped shoulders

I’m wondering who cast this font of Cooper Black (or is it some knock off) which has sloping shoulders on some letters and near vertical depth of drive on others. Can anyone help clear this up? Is this how BB&S cast it? The casting is very solid, had a shallow groove in foot, and I have no cap A or other body with pin mark. Thanks! Keith Cross at the Mass Art Press in Boston, Massachusetts.

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The piece in the picture is indeed odd. I don’t think I have ever seen anything quite like the sloping shoulders on that “T”. I also note that it also appears not to have a nick on the front of that piece. Do the other characters that have the near vertical shoulder have a nick on them??? I have a whole range of sizes of Cooper Black, some cast by BB&S and others are Monotype cast, and all of them have the near verticle shoulders.

Your “T” looks almost ‘home grown’ for lack of a better term. I’d love to hear an explanation of how it was possibly produced. My guess is that someone had sorts made somehow to replace short or missing characters.

“Home grown” indeed, it looks as though the mat could have electrotyped from a magnesium cut. But get back to proper typographic terminology, folks. The type shown does have a flat shoulder; what slopes there is called the beard or neck.

Possibly a stereotype made from an existing letter. Does the letter look like it is made from two pieces; joined close to the top? I have seen stereos the full height, but they usually show evidence of being sawn and milled at the bottom. It would tend to feel extra heavy as well.