Decorative initial

Jared Benson's picture

Looking to identify the M for a friend.

link to image. sorry, posting from mobile


Mike F's picture

It appears to be (very nice) artwork based upon an old typeface digitized by Lime as Extra Ornamental No. 2. As such, I don't think a font was directly used.

This appears in the Solotype Catalog (metal, wood and photo type) as Tuscan Floral.

donshottype's picture

Good find Mike. Looks like a 19th century design by Caslon circa 1854 -- as seen in Gray's _19th Century Ornamented Typefaces_. Later sold in the U.S. by James Conner's & Sons.

donshottype's picture

For anyone wishing to do a high quality recreation of the font I recommend the reproduction in F.W. Lambert's _Letter Forms (1964)_ of the full alphabet of Extra Ornamented No.2 as produced by Stevens Shanks circa 1900. Here is the _M_


DPape's picture

Extra Ornamental No2 by House of Lime

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