Empty English Ordinary Double Case


This typecase construction is very similar to the Scotch Ordinary Double Jobbing Case illustrated by Stephenson, Blake & Co: Printing Material & Machinery (1922), and Caslon: Printing Materials (1925). However, its size is 32 x 14 inches, the English size, rather than 35 x 15 inches, the Scottish size, so it appears to be an English case. It was for sale on e-bay, item 115557239676, on 29 October 2022, but its origin and manufacturer was not stated. Because of its similarity to the Scotch Ordinary Double, it has been called an English Ordinary Double, until further information is obtained.

Note that neither of these cases are really "ordinary", because they differ from most double cases in having nine rows of boxes in the Upper section, rather than seven rows. Apart from the size, there are small differences between the Scotch and English Ordinary Double Case, in that there are eight more small boxes in the English version, where eight of the wider boxes that are in the Scotch case have been sub-divided. Thus the English version has 122 boxes but the Scotch one has only 114 boxes. A more normal English Double case, apart from having only seven Upper rows, i.e. 49 boxes, has 53 boxes in the Lower sections, and the equivalent Scottish Double also has 53 in the Lower sections, but has some of the wide boxes divided horizontally, as in the Scotch Ordinary Double, rather than vertically.

Note that the case diagram is slightly distorted, in that the small boxes in the Lower section should all be the same size, and all slightly larger than those in the Upper section, which again should all be the same size.

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This page was written in 2022 by David Bolton and last updated 12 November 2022.