French Antique

Specimen of French Antique

This type measures 10 line in size and was produced with the end-cut method. The type block does not have a manufacturer’s stamp.

This face was first shown as wood type by William H. Page in James Conner’s Sons Typographic Messenger, Vol.4 No.4 (July, 1869).

This cut of French Antique was shown in  American Wood Type on page 255 and in the folio on page 8.

Type name used by manufacturer:

Hamilton French Antique or No 55

Morgans & Wilcox French Antique  [3000]

National Printers’ Materials French Clarendon Condensed

Page    French Antique  [4055]

Tubbs French Antique  or No 2031

Wells French Antique [5000]

This is the Morgan & Wilcox cut.

Kelly notes that this is a peculiarly American interpretation of French Antique, more condensed and different serif/body ratio than European variants.