Empty Jobbing Double Case


This English typecase construction is that shown by Miller & Richard: Specimens of Book, Newspaper, Jobbing and Ornamental Types (c1895) as illustrated in Pryor: The History of the California Job Case, in Journal of the Printing Historical Society No.7 1972. It is also shown in Miller & Richard's Catalogue and Price List of Printing Material (1897). Miller & Richard show only 46 boxes in the lower case bays, whereas a normal case has 53 boxes. The case is an improvement on the Ordinary Double which has seven rows of boxes in the upper case bay, as the improved version has only five rows. This allows the top four rows to be made larger, to better hold the capitals. Their later (1920s) version of Jobbing Double has the five rows in the upper case bay, but makes only the middle three rows larger. The more usual Improved Double (Caslon 1897, 1925, M&R 1920s, S.Blake 1922, 1989, etc) has six rows in the upper case, with four rows being larger, and with 53 lower case boxes.

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This page was written in 2001 by David Bolton and last updated 10 March 2015.