This Excelsior Type Case is stocked with a lot of Kelsey-cast, hard foundry type of the ATF (American Type Foundry), nickel alloy variety. The lot contains about 946 glyphs, about 82 spacers, and a lot of 0.027-inch thick, bulk metal strips (which appear to be lead) for cutting additional spacers. The type is about 0.1375 inches wide, and seems to be about a No.
12 font of a bold gothic style. (See photo of font) The original type packing slip will be included! Age of the Case : The Excelsior Case has a pressed-wood bottom similar to the hardboard product called Masonite, providing a clue to the age of this collectible artifact. Masonite was patented in 1924 and was mass-produced after 1929. Case Construction : The case frame and dividers are constructed of wood, and the bottom sonsists of a sheet of pressed-wood, similar to the hardboard product called Masonite.Case Dimensions : The overall dimensions are approximately 21-13/16" long, by 16-5/8" wide, by 1-3/8" high 1-7/8" over raised lip on the front of the case. Age of the Type : The type was obtained in conjunction with a very used Kelsey printing press about 1936. The press was so antiquated in 1936 that the rubber rollers had completely disintegrated!
Letterpress Type : The letterpress type appears to be foundry quality type of the ATF (American Type Foundry) variety. ATF "hard foundry type" was cast from a nickel alloy. These pieces exhibit the dark, gray appearance which is characteristic of the high quality, hard nickel alloy. The body of this Kelsey-cast, hard foundry type is further distinguished by 2 "nicks" (spacers have 1 "nick"), which is commonly characteristic of hard foundry type.Font : The Letterpress pieces are about 0.1375 wide, and appear to be about a No. 12 font of a bold gothic style (See photo). Lower case "e" measures 0.0925 thick, yielding about 11 of these characters per inch. Packing Slip : The original packing slip is included. The back side of the packing slip includes instructions for making a galley proof! Condition : As found, as is, and as photographed. Appears to be in very good condition for its age. Some individual compartment separators have been lightly labeled.
Printing museums, collectors of antique printing memorabilia, letterpress enthusiasts, anyone with an antique Excelsior cabinet with missing drawers, shadow box artists, etc. Put a piece of plate glass on top, and craft a unique coffee table or wall hanging display!! I also have another case, with different type (one not listed yet, but I can send details). We are just west of Milwaukee, WI, close to the I-43 freeway. Thanks for reading all this information!!
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