Questionable letter?

Hey all, I have a question to pose to you. I’m sorting through some type… what I believe to be Engraver’s Old English

(number nine on this post…

And I have come across a letter that I just can’t place. It looks like a G, but not from Engravers Old English.

Any help would be greatly appreciated…. there are about 10 so I figured it was slightly odd.

(It’s probably going to be one of those things where someone will say what it is and I slap myself for not figuring it out!)

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looks like a “h”

It’s a H!
Gott grüß die Kunst

But what kind of H? It doesn’t match the upper or lowercase engraver’s old english…

It appears it does match the Cap “H” in Engravers Old English. Perhaps the reference you are using has a variant design.

(After a deeper type catalog search)
OK, now I see that Monotype made a CAP “H” which followed the standard Roman form. Check another reference source and you will see the “H” as you have found it in your case


I just looked it up, and you guys are right… it’s an H!

The funny thing is, and the reason why I was so confused, I have the Monotype H and the monotype lowercase y… but I also have (what I assume is another foundry’s) H and y.


Barnhart Bros. & Spindler’s version of this face (named Engravers Old Black) also had an alternate “roman style” H. Ludlow’s version also has an alternate cap I and an alternate dollar sign.