A Holiday of Sorts

5 line Clarendon Extended

I’ve decided to take a break from complete fonts and focus my attention on some sorts (individual pieces of type) from a collection I purchased in an online auction, sometime around 2003–4. Without the context of a full matching alphabet it’s a little more difficult to identify these characters, but I’m feeling up for a challenge.

My first thought when I selected this capital V was that it was a Clarendon variant called Columbian, but comparisons of the height to width ratios of the specimens of Clarendon Extended and Columbian on pages 267 and 268 (respectively) in Rob Roy Kelly’s American Wood Type indicate otherwise. This V is pretty much identical to the Page Company Clarendon Extended alphabet shown by Kelly.