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Special Type in Our Collection
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a t-footed type

Our Collection of Special Founts


These are founts of hand-set type of different material or different configuration.

The prime example is the special kind of type made with a foot instead of a straight shank. The foot is shaped like an inverted `T' and the types slide into slots on a simple rotary press used for labels and tickets.

This `T-foot Type' is made with the usual Monotype face, but cast on a special mould which makes the T-foot shaped body.

Another kind of special type is the brass type used by bookbinders. It is usually sized the same as printing type. The face is usually engraved rather than cast, although some earlier examples are cast.

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