Need type ID “Lozenge”? Charm Bracelet style

I’ve this ‘different’ font that might not be digitized. Sure am having trouble finding it through any of the font sites anyway. SO I finally decided to bother you good folks with it.

A slip of paper and a proof (dated 1964) found in the job case with the type suggests “Lozenge Border” 24 point - Looks like a necklace or a chain for a charm bracelet. There are other pieces not pictured. Blank ‘diamonds’ without letters (perhaps for 2 color work), dotted lines without the hanging decoration, an obelisk and another Ben Franklin type character.

Any help or clues on naming this would be much appreciated.

image: font proof Lozenge Border 1.jpg

font proof Lozenge Border 1.jpg

image: Chain lettersSM02.jpg

Chain lettersSM02.jpg

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It was shown in the Los Angeles Type Founders Catalogue and was called Cordon. It also had an obelisk character at each end and the figure of a man to act as a word divider., as well as the spaces that you show.


Thanks Paul, Thanks a bunch. - I do have the 1963 LA Type Founders Specimens and Price list and it did not show it. If it did I missed it. Perhaps it was discontinued. - There was another silverfish damaged bit of paper in the job case. All I could read on it was ‘don’ and I dismissed it as being relevant.

I just wanted to say that is one of the most awesome fonts I’ve ever seen - wish it were in my collection!


CORDON was offered by the New York Type Foundry of James Conner & Sons sometime in the late 1800’s;
it may have originated with the Bruce Type Foundry as early as 1869—-they called it Ornamented #18.
The font you have came, in part, from electro-plated mats
done by John Caroll (some he created himself as he did not have a complete original font)—on Caroll’s passing the
mats were acquired by Charles Broad of Phoenix—-upon his death the mats went to LA Type Founders and when
they closed they were purchased by F&S in Bensenville, IL
where fonts can be purchased today. About the paper slip found in the LA font saying “DON”—-maybe it was in reference to Don Winter the General Manager of LA Type.
An interesting story and an unusual type face. wta

I love this site! Thanks Gaslight-Daze! - I think the don was the tail end of the Cordon. It was the beginning part the silverfish ate. Quite a bit of great history. - Paul -

I believe F&S became Barco. Someone noted that Barco closed (, but I called them and they are still in business, though not called Barco any more (now Group 3 Envelopes - specializing in printing envelopes). The gentleman I spoke to said they don’t cast type anymore (though they still have the mats), but there is a lot still sitting on the shelves they’d be willing to sell. Just a follow up FYI.