5 line French Clarendon

 

picture and printed proof of 5 line French Clarendon wood type capital letter DDespite its diminutiveness, this font is part of a big mystery. The capital A’s are stamped “Page & Co., Greenville, CT” (see below).

According to Rob Roy Kelly, this version of the Page & Co. imprint was believed to be in use 1857–59. On the Rob Roy Kelly American Wood Type Collection website, David Shields dates the first appearance of French Clarendon wood types to 1865. When I asked Mr. Shields for assistance with this puzzle, he replied that Kelly’s note regarding this stamp says “use of 1857–‘59 stamp on types not listed until 1870.” Shields guesses Page & Co. may have reused the 1857–59 stamp for a short time in the 1870s.