Old French Upper Case

  A    B    C    D    E    F    G   ABCDEFG
ÉÈÊsitd ÉÈÊ]Ç!
àèìòù( )ml   fl   AE  OE  W    Ç   ffl  ?  
»oUJjer ffëïü§ffi 

The layout is shown by Lockwood: American Dictionary of Printing and Bookmaking (1894) as being the old form, used in the country (as distinct from the 18th Century case, which for example moves AE, W, etc. to the left side). The caps follow Diderot (1751) but the accents and signs are in different places, and the long s ligatures have been dropped. The companion Lower is Lockwood.

The boxes with A,B, etc are for small caps, and with s, i etc., are for superscripts. The box with ] should also have the single dagger in it. Note that W is treated like a ligature, and that j fl ff ffi are in the Upper case and é and ç are in the Lower case. The empty box on the bottom right is for broken letters.

The empty case configuration is that of Moxon, and Diderot (1751), Smith (1755), Luckombe (1771), Stower (1808), Savage (1841), Mackellar (1870), Southward (1887), Barnhart Bros & Spindler's News (1890s), Stephenson Blake & Co (1922), etc.

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This page was written in 2005 by David Bolton and last updated 23 January 2006.