Identifying Metal Type

Features of the Beard

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1. Introduction

The reader of (letterpress-)printed material never sees the Beard of the type, but the typefounder looks at it more than any other part of the type.

2. Ordinary Beards

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3. Vertical Sections of the Beard

Below: Stephenson, Blake & Co., Sheffield & London, England 72 point ornament. Registered design 424,009 (registered between 1903-06-18 and 1904-02-16). Cast on a pivotal type caster. See the discussion of Stephenson, Blake pin marks for more information on this type.

This shows a short section of the Beard which is vertical. In this case it has clearly been produced from the matrix, by casting; it has not been dressed to this state.

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(Photographs by DMM, CircuitousRoot.)

4. Unnecessary Vertical Sections of the Beard

The 72 point Stephenson, Blake ornament above also illustrates a vertical Beard which has no neccessary function. Indeed, I am not sure why the Beard is vertical at the points shown below on this type.

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(Photographs by DMM, CircuitousRoot.)


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