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10 line Index or Printer’s Fist

Fancy Cuffed Fist

This printer’s fist – or index, or manicule – is a 60 point photoengraved metal “cut” mounted on wood to make it type high.

Point the Way

12 line Index No. 6

Page 8 of my reproduction of Hamilton Manufacturing Company’s Specimens of Wood Type, seventeenth edition¹, identifies this portentously pointing hand as Index No. 6. Throughout history, this punctilious punctuation mark has been called many names: index, printer’s fist, mutton-fist, bishop’s fist, and manicule, among others. For an in-depth proposition of the perpetual use of the manicule moniker, read William Sherman’s persuasive and enjoyable essay, “Toward a History of the Manicule.”

¹Scanning, pre-press and printing by Pioneer Press of West Virginia, Inc. Copies available for the paltry price of $40 from Shooting Star Press, Little Rock, Arkansas.

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