Identifying Metal Type

Nick Position

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See also ../../ Quads and Spaces -> Their Nicks, which are treated separately because the nicks on quads and spaces do not necessarily conform to the regular practice for type-high types.

In America and England Nicks are almost always on the front of the type (see the Notebook on Naming the Parts of Types for a definition of front and back) . In continental Europe they are often on the back.

The type shown below is interesting because, while cast by a London foundry, it bears a nick on the "top" side of the type as more commonly seen on the Continent.

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(Photographs by Jens Jørgen Hansen, Bogtrykker, from his flickr posting at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/bogtrykkeren/8450548655/in/pool-pinmarks/ Clicking on either image above will show his un-cropped, full-size original photograph. Used by permission.)


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