4 line French Clarendon XX Condensed
Get out your line gauges boys and girls – this little guy is two picas shy of an inch (4 lines/picas = 48 points). I only have one other font of wood type this small, but it’s a bold Gothic and it looks huge by comparison. The elongated, bracketed serifs that characterize the French Clarendons seem even more disproportionate at this scale. The A’s have a Vanderburgh, Wells & Co., New York imprint (see below), dating this type to 1867–1890.
Varying screen sizes and monitor resolutions make it difficult to accurately show the size of individual wood type blocks and respective proofs. But I feel compelled in this case to provide a sense of scale. The penny in the image below was scanned simultaneously with the proof of the V.