Archived entries for border font
6 line Star Corner
I believe this to be a corner piece for a set of borders. I found it in Chicago at Architectural Artifacts. It was among a huge vat of pied wood type. I searched for about 3 hours (I would have looked longer, but I didn’t want to continue inconveniencing the friend I was there with) and though I found and rescued some different (not stars) border pieces and some other sorts, I didn’t find any other corner pieces like this.
If case you haven’t read the description from the previously shown front matter, the decorative wood borders shown below were produced using steel dies that were stamped with great force into the face of end grain solid rock maple – this production method allowed for greater detail than router cutting.
sequential pg. 9 (high-res scan here)
18 pt. Border No. F-755
This beauty is the handiwork of Sky Shipley, Chief Engineer at Skyline Type Foundry in Kampsville, Illinois. I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Shipley a few years ago during one of my regular visits to see the inimitable Dave Churchman and his ever charming wife, Charlene. And I have the pleasure of owning and printing from two type fonts and two border fonts cast by Sky – I hope to purchase them all some day. If you’ve never had the good fortune of printing from newly cast metal types, do yourself a favor and visit Skyline’s website. Gorgeous, brand new foundry type, shipped to your door, and it comes expertly packaged in fancy boxes.