Archived entries for Hamilton Manufacturing Company
Kelly and Shields suggest that Modified Gothic originated with Hamilton and made its first appearance as wood type in Hamilton’s New Designs in End Wood Type, from 1897.
I received this sort (a single block of type) — along with H, T, and M sorts from different faces — in a door prize raffle during the 2011 Wayzgoose at Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum. The prizes were generously donated by type and printing enthusiast extraordinaire, Dave Peat.
Called Trenton by Morgans & Wilcox and Hamilton (also No. 168), this modified/modulated Gothic, with its miniscule, Runic-like serifs made its first appearance as No. 157 in Wm. H. Page’s 1888 Specimens of Machine Cut Wood Type! David Shields corrected Rob Roy Kelly’s identification of Hamilton as the originator.
This scan is from a facsimile edition, printed by Pioneer Press of W. Va., Inc. The original is in the collection of Dave Peat.