Wood Type Identification

Hello people.

Was wondering if you all could help me identify this font. i thought Antique, but look at the E’s and F’s, they are bracketed in some places, but the other serifs are not bracketed. Let me know what you think.

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The face is definitely a Clarendon face. There is a transition between the bracketed serifs and something more in the mode of a French Clarendon with more slab serifs. This may be from the period in betwixt those and has some characteristics of both.

Could you find any maker’s identification on any of the characters?

J Henry

The cutting of this font is fairly awkward. I’m looking at a few things like the 6, 9, M, &, etc. This makes me think it is fairly old.

John is right. Take a look at all sides of the A and tell us if you find a mark or name there. That will help immensely in th search for the actual name of this font by the specific maker.


It has a maker’s mark of Hamilton Two Rivers, Wis. I asked someone else and they think it is Hamilton Number 178. I took a look at a Hamilton No.14 Catalogue and it looks similar but there were only a few letters for that font. Sorry for the long delay, but I thought briarpress emails you when someone comments. Guess not.

Bingo! It is Hamilton’s No. 178 from their Catalogue No.14 issued 1899-1900.

The R and the 2 pretty much nail it in the limited specimen shown. It is an Antique face, not a Clarendon, because of the squared-off serifs (Clarendons have rounded serifs where they attach to the stems).