Typeface Identification Help

Hello Everyone,
I’m a Student at Montana State University and I could use some help identifying a specific typeface that I’m working with in a letterpress class. It’s a 15 line, wood type. Through my research, I have found closely matching fonts in the gothic family but the question mark never seems to be right. Honestly, I’m unsure if it even belongs to this set. Any help in identifying this font would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you,
Jodi H.

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There must be about 10,000 wood type gothic variants, from every period, from xxwide to xxxcondensed, in every sort of weight. First step in identifying: look on the side of the cap A and see if a maker’s mark is stamped on it; that usually simplifies identification, if one is present.
Another thing to remember: many older cases of type may contain a mixture of very similar, but ”’busted” fonts, so a character such as ? might not necessarily be a perfect match.
It will be interesting to see exactly what you have there!

Here is the proof;

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Interesting that you have a Q. In the UK it was a commonplace for small cheaper founts of woodletter to omit that, and maybe have ampersand instead. Founts of woodletter were sold ‘by the dozen’ So one hand a four dozen fount or a three dozen fount and so on. In the US?, I dont know.

U.S.standard usually was 3A, 4A, 5A, etc. Shops that did a lot of work ordinarily ordered two fonts of everything; otherwise, words or names like ALBUQUERQUE presented an insurmountable challenge!