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Date: 1906

Designer:
designer unknown

Foundry:
Lettergieterij 'Amsterdam' (Tetterode)

Location:
Amsterdam, Holland

Current equivalent:
Linotype Kuenstler Script Two Bold

See also:
Bauer Lithographia. NOT to be confused with Linotype Excelsior by Chauncey H. Griffith.

Technologies:
Metal (foundry)
Photosetting
Postscript

Famous for:
Metal script typeface cast on a trapezoid-shaped body.

Applications: Historical Script

Ubiquity:
Very rarely used

Category:
Formal Script

Stress: Angled
Serifs: None

Design history:
Excelsior Script is a formal copperplate script in the English 18th century style, and was duplicated by Bauer, Stempel, and the Amsterdam Typefoundry within 11 years of each other at the turn of the 20th century, but in each case the name of the designer went unrecorded. The acute angle of the upright stokes was a result of the type's cast on trapezoidally shaped body to avoid kerning and improve letterfit. The diamond shaped dots are almost unique to this face, and lead me to believe that at some point in the 20th century, this typeface was renamed (wrongly) as a bold version of another script typeface called Künstlerschriebschrift (Kuenstler Script).

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picture: St Gallen Pubs