Empty Variant of an Ordinary Double Case


This English typecase appeared at the Hurst Street Studios, Oxford, in 2021, and its configuration is almost the same as the Double case shown by Southward: Practical Printing in 1882 and numerous other authors as late as 1983. The case only differs by having three, rather than seven, boxes in the bottom row of the upper case section. Thus, whilst the lower case sections have 53 boxes in both versions of the case, this particular version has only 45, rather than 49 boxes in the upper case section. Examination of the case shows no marks where dividers might have been removed from the bottom row, so it would seem to have been purpose built.

Given that there are still six rows of seven boxes in the upper case section, a normal fount of type will still easily fit (see for example the LSP Double, if the contents of the two almost empty rows are merged, and the then empty row moved to the bottom, or Modern Double with a similar alteration of contents, apart from discarding the $, say. It still remains unclear what the bottom row might have been used for, but perhaps spacing or leaders.

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This page was written in 2021 by David Bolton and last updated 24 November 2021.