Twinkle, Twinkle

8 line Star No. 11

The Hamilton Manufacturing Company’s 1899 Specimens of Wood Type, No. 14 labels this star as number 11 (see the scan below from the Web Museum of Wood Types & Ornaments). I just have one of these, and its age shows. I take extra care to prolong the life of my type and not cause any more damage to the face of the characters, but I love the evidence of life and use – Bethany Heck at Endgrain calls them wounds – in this star that cannot be fully replicated digitally.