Gothic Pointed Inline 5 line

by Jon on November 18, 2011

For the first post, I figure I’ll start off with one of my favorites. This is Gothic Pointed Inline, 5 line (5 picas tall), uppercase only, as named in Gregory Ruffa’s fine compendium, The Art of Wood Type. 

I wish I could remember how I purchased this. Something tells me it was at an auction about 6 or 7 years ago up in northern New Jersey. I remember buying as much as I could afford, then realizing I had to bring it all home that day in my Mini Cooper. That was a fun ride home! At least now I could answer the never-asked question, “How much wood type can a Mini Cooper hold?”

I have a mostly full character set, missing the M, O, Q and S. There’s only one number, a 6, and some punctuation, although no ampersand, alas! This particular font was made by Vanderburgh, Wells & Co., in New York, in the late 1800s. They were in existence between 1867 and 1890 when it became Heber Wells. They were finally acquired by Hamilton Manufacturing Co. in 1898. According to Ruffa’s book, Hamilton renamed it No. 427 (they didn’t formally name their typefaces), although I’ve never seen a specimen of it. The closest I’ve seen is a non-inline version called No. 273 in the Hamilton #14 catalog. Rob Roy Kelly also shows a non-inline version in a reproduction of a Vanderburgh specimen from 1877.


Printed specimen.

VW& Co. manufacturer’s mark, stamped in the capital A.