Antique Tuscan Condensed

Antique Tuscan Condensed

This type measures 14 line in size and was produced with the end-cut method. The type block is stamped Wm. H. Page & Co., Greenville, Ct. which was used by Page and Mowry between 1859–1870.

This face was first shown as wood type by Darius Wells and E.R. Webb in their 1854 Specimens of Wood Type. 

This cut of Antique Tuscan Condensed was shown in  American Wood Type  on page 281 and in the folio on page 91.

Type name used by manufacturer:

Hamilton Antique Tuscan Condensed or  No 48

Knox Antique Tuscan Condensed

Morgans & Wilcox Antique Tuscan Condensed  [3204]

National Printers’ Materials Antique Tuscan Condensed

Page Antique Tuscan Condensed  [4048]

Tubbs Ant. Tuscan Cond. or No 2072

Wells  Antique Tuscan Condensed or  No 568  [5198]

This is the Page cut.

In the 1884 Hamilton & Katz Specimens of Holly Wood Type,  multiple catalog numbers were listed for what seems to be the same design of Antique Tuscan Condensed, No 48, No 49. No 48 is used here in this list because it was the only number for this cut used by Hamilton in specimen books after 1884.

The 1854 Wells & Webb design of this type has a serif on the crossbar of the “E” and “F”, while Page’s design shown in his 1859  Specimens of Wood Type,  does not. Both styles were used throughout the rest of the 19th century. Heber Wells showed both designs Antique Tuscan Condensed    [5197] with crossbar serif, and Antique Tuscan Condensed No 2 [5196] without crossbar serif.