Empty Scotch Upper Case


The typecase configuration of seven rows of equal sized boxes matches that of Moxon: Mechanick Exercises on the Whole Art of Printing (1683), onwards, except that the Scottish case is partitioned into four, rather than two, bays. It is shown, for example, by Chambers Encyclopaedia (1891), Stephenson Blake & Co: Printing Material and Machinery (1922) and is the model 34 of Caslon: Printing Types & Catalogue of Materials (1925). It has been in use at the Alembic Press from 1974 to 2009. A suitable lay is the Upper Case of Chambers, who also show a companion Lower case.

The seven row pattern of Upper continued up until the present day, but three main variations which also developed were the addition of extra small boxes (eg French, Belgian, Dutch, Greek, etc.) all to accommodate accents, etc., the enlargement of boxes on one side (eg Improved Upper) to make more room for capitals, and in the U.S.A. the enlargement of the middle three rows (eg News Cap) again to make more room for capitals.

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This page was written in 2001 by David Bolton and last updated 12 April 2009.