Wood Type ID

Hello -

I recently acquired three different specimens of wood type and was hoping someone could help identify them. I cannot find any maker’s marks, but specimen 2 does have a nick in each block.

Thank you for your help.

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image: Specimen1b.jpg


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image: Specimen2.jpg


image: Specimen3.jpg


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Any ideas? Any recommendations? Thank you!

I guess I’ll jump in with a few comments. Your third face is very similar to Arcadian No.1 from Wm. H. Page in the 1870s.

I think that your first face is amazingly OLD simply because of the style of the figures. I would not be surprised if it was from the 1840s-1860s. It could be classified as a Bold Antique.

The second face I could not find at all but would surmise that a description something like “Round Gothic” would suffice for a name.


Hi Rick -

Thank you so much for your help. I really appreciate it. I didn’t even know where to start.

And yes, the numbers of specimen one are quite amazing!

I found this Hamilton specimen while searching on google. It looks a lot like specimen 3.

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The Hamilton specimen is basically Arcadian No.1 from Page because they incorporated Page into Hamilton. However, your face is “close” as I said. Note that the slanting stroke in the N
does NOT have the little “bumps” in your type that are shown in the specimen.

I don’t think your font was from Page or Hamilton.


Keen observation, Rick!

wow! these are beautiful. what a good find.