Empty Stower Improved Fount Upper Case


This English configuration corresponds to the case shown by Stower, The Printer's Grammar (1808), reprinted Gregg (1965), and also in Johnson: Typographia (1824) and Hansard: Typographia (1825). It is an example of the style of case used to hold very large quantities of type and is bigger than the normal Upper case. Johnson gave the dimensions of fount cases as 39x16½ ins, with 2 ins deep boxes, but Southward (1882) gives more recent sizes as 42½x18½x3½ or 32½x15¼x2½ ins. However, in 1898 Southward wrote that the old fount cases were 4ft long, and in 1925 Caslon and Miller & Richard were selling fount cases that were 48 x 24 ins, and 3 ins deep. These were all unimproved cases, ie the normal 49 box configuration.

The actual lay of the type is Stower Fount, and the companion lower is Stower.

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This page was written in 1998 by David Bolton and last updated 11 April 2009.