Archived entries for capital X

15 line No. 507

picture and printed proof of 15 line No. 507 wood type capital letter X

Antique Tuscan X Condensed No. 11

picture and printed proof of Antique Tuscan X Condensed No. 11 wood type capital letter X

12 line Trenton

picture and printed proof of 12 line Trenton wood type capital letter X

4 line Antique Extended

15 line Balloon Extra Bold

6 line Gothic Extended

10 line Aetna Condensed No. 1

5 line De Vinne

12 line Mode

8 line Futura Bold

10 line Cooper Black Condensed

12 line French Clarendon XX Condensed

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15 line Antique Tuscan

This Antique Tuscan X is quite possibly my favorite wood type character… this week anyway. The heart-shaped arrowhead counters make me grin uncontrollably, and the way the lateral counters echo the vertical on a larger scale make this letterform just about perfect.

According to Rob Roy Kelly, this typeface is a true American original (probably), showing up first as a wood type capital alphabet in the 1849 Specimens of Wood Type by Darius Wells and Ebenezer Russell Webb.


30 line Grecian Condensed

This capital X was carved – mostly by hand, though some of the markings seem to indicate the assistance of a drill bit – into the bottom of the capital K shown in yesterdays post. It makes sense that a knowledgeable printer/typographer would use the K to cut an additional X. The letters share similar strokes and character widths, and both are among the most infrequently used letters in the english language. The unfinished end grain produces a very rough, but not unappealing, print.


8 line Rugged

Rugged is the American Wood Type Manufacturing Company’s copy of Neuland, a foundry type which was handcut – without the use of patterns – in 1923 by Rudolf Koch for the Klingspor foundry in Germany. For a more erudite description of the design and enduring appeal of this face, see Koch’s Neuland by Richard Kegler.

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