Monotype Gauge

We’re in the process of cataloguing new additions to St Bride Library and have come across the item shown below. It’s obviously a Monotype measuring gauge, but I’m not a Monotype expert, so don’t feel qualified to write a brief description for our online catalogue. I’d be grateful if a Monotype user can supply IN ONE SENTENCE (we have a restricted character field) what this object is used for. Bob

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Basically Monotype Keyboard operators >copy fitting gauges< involving the *Set* sizes as well as the point sizes.!

Thank you Mick. Beautifully succinct! Bob

Not quite as succinct, from Rich Hopkins, founder of the American Typecasting Fellowship:

The Monotype system measured type by its “set width’, which was in points and quarter points. With (for example) a 6ΒΌ-set font, this gauge would provide a precise measuring tool for the font for calculating wraparounds to photos, allowance for drop-in initial letters, etc.

Edited version:

This gauge provides a precise measuring tool for any Monotype font for calculating wraparounds to photos, allowance for drop-in initial letters, etc.

Hello Bob,

Here’s the official long form.

Cheers, Dan T-J

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