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Don't understand which one you're exactly after but the one for "DE PASSEMENTE/ARIUS/COR" looks like Webster.
Engraved letterhead. No matches that I can see.
Letters in DE PASSEMENTE/ARIUS/OR seem to be a bolded version of the letters in VILLEURSANNE.
Note the generally boxy shapes of the letters and the broad serifs at the apex of A and the base of V. This was a design feature in several late 1890s typefaces
I hesitate to recommend any digital substitute. But there is some remote similarity in Cushing Two by David Bergsland http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/bergsland/cushing-two/
This is derived from an ATF typeface designed in 1897 by J. Stearns Cushing. The bulging bowl on the P, and the extended drop on the lhs of M in PASSEMENTE, and the extended leg on the R IN VILLEURSANNE and OR do not match the feel of the rest of the letters and seem to be titling flourishes. Note that the leg in the R of ARIUS is ends in a serifed flat terminal. The flourished letters are perhaps in the style of Solo's Webster [as found by Ryuk]. Webster is one of three very similar typefaces, the others are Lafayette and Washington, cut by Gustave F. Schroeder for Central in the 1890s.
Nor did I find an exact match for the initial letters M and C. But you would be part way there with P22 Kilkenny http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/ihof/p22-kilkenny/ based on Hermann Ihlenberg's Nymphic, patented May 21, 1889, and sold by MS&J and later by ATF.
Thanks for your reply. Sorry I wasn't clearer... I am looking the the big A font with the thick serif.
Wow! This is great information. Thanks for taking the time to give me in depth descriptions and links. What I am actually looking for seems much simpler... the font of the giant letter A. I have browsed all sorts of serif fonts and I find nothing of the quality that this one has... the thick slabs and the nicely curved edges of the serifs. Any ideas?
How about Clarendon Condensed
The Clarendon Condensed is very close. If I had more typography skills, I might be able to morph it into what I want. You will notice that the curves in the serifs on the letter A are quite graceful... almost swooping... and that the right side gets wider at the top instead of narrower as in Clarendon which makes the triangular cutout smaller. This letter W has similar qualities I mentioned about the A... the gracefulness.
Thak you Jeanne. The A & W still look like some version of Carendon to me. The grace of these versions may be due to the signmanker's adaptation of the design. Or there may be a Clarendon derived font that is a closer fit than the ones I mentioned.