This French case lay is shown in Audin: Histoire de l'imprimerie par l'image (1929) as being the Casse de la Commission, after Ed[mond] Morin. It is probably the one also known as La Casse Claye in Manuel de l'apprentice compositeur of 1871, but Audin is not specific. The upper case section has roughly two rows of eight boxes, some boxes being sub-divided. There are thus 35 boxes in the upper section, and 118 boxes overall. In contrast, the Comet case also shown by Audin has 55 upper case boxes and 113 boxes overall, and the case shown later by Hostettler in Technical terms of the printing industry (1949) has 60 upper case boxes and 114 boxes overall. Note that unlike most English cases, J and U are placed in alphabetic order, but W is not.
The box adjacent to the , box is shown empty but presumably should be for . as with other cases. The box with « is presumed, as the engraving is unclear. The c l m o r s are superiors. There does not seem to be a superior e, unless the c is a mistake for this. The ' = j k boxes should be the same size as the row of four boxes below them.
The empty case configuration is de la Commission.
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