24 line French Clarendon
This style of wood type made its first appearance in 1865. The Clarendons were an extremely popular subset of the Antique wood type styles. What differentiates the Clarendons is a smoother transition between the stems and the serifs, called bracketing (indicated on the proof above with red circles), rounded counters, and more contrast between the thickness of the strokes. This four inch font was cut by The Hamilton Manufacturing Company sometime between 1889 and 1891, as indicated by the circular imprint stamped into the capital A (see image below).