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I need the most ornamented, over the top Victorian type you can possibly imagine. Any suggestions?
Kilkenny of course!
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I love Kilkenny, but its still not as ornamental as I require, I'm afraid. I need it to be total overkill, kind of like this:
... or even more insane, if that's possible. I know a lot of this kind of lettering isn't digitized, so I've had a hard time finding what I need.
I ran into this a few minutes ago: http://new.myfonts.com/fonts/michaelbrowers/geistig/
They are monograms but perhaps with a little doctoring you can get what you're looking for.
I have an old book of letterpress type/ornaments with a lot of this stuff, including whole alphabets. There must be books in a library near you with this, perhaps a scan or a good photocopy would get you going? The original copyright would most likely be expired and if you set your own text with the letters (rather than reproducing a whole page of the book), you would (caveat: I'm not a lawyer, please check) not breach the publisher's copyright on the book.
Try browsing through the offerings here:
Also, would Restraint work? The letters aren't ornate, but still...
I second John’s suggestion.
Thanks all for your help everyone.
I was looking for the type because I wanted a reference point for a very embellished monogram. I still haven't found exactly what I'm looking for, but I think I'm going to turn to books with old type... I've found some beautiful stuff there.