Not quite Typo Script

Can anyone ID this cursive? The uppercase H looks unlike any version of Typo Script or Formal Script I’ve seen, actually quite like Hogarth, but this is definitely not Hogarth. The uppercase P also has a distinctive ball to the left of the upright.

It’s pre-1942 for sure. It is overwhelmingly likely to have been purchased from Kelsey, but it does not match up to the Kelsey Script specimens I have found in old catalogs. Any ideas?

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Royal Script. Central Type Foundry, 1893. Later from ATF. Hansen Type Foundry’s identical version is called Newton Script according to McGrew.

Nickel Plate Press

Spectacular! Thank you, Michael.

Does anyone have matrices for this, does anyone know? I would love to supplement what I have.

Even if matrices were still around, which is not likely, I doubt anyone would be tackling a hand-finished foundry type script anymore.


Hand-finished! Yikes. Well, I’ll keep looking for the vintage stuff. Lovely script. It was so weird to me how the H looked more like Hogarth and other German scripts than like Typo and its relatives. And then it turns out the designer began his career in Germany!

It’s weird but over here in UK Scripts like this (Palace Script, Marina Script, Imperial Script etc) are not popular at all.

I think I read somewhere that they imitated the handwriting on labels used at the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago, which would be a very American origin story, but I can’t locate where I saw that.

Yeah, that is a body few would attempt even if they had all the equipment needed. Massive supported kerns, requiring all the unkerned characters to have deep chamfers.
Less extreme scripts use an angle body, but that’s another unlikely re-cast.

I feel lucky to have any of it, even as damaged as mine is. Fingers crossed I am able to find some more somewhere.