Thursday, August 14, 2014

Wood type from Switzerland

Holztypenfabrik Roman Scherer AG, Luzern. ca 1905. Roman Scherer († 1922) was the first and only known wood type manufacturer in Switzerland. His firm produced rifle stocks and various wooden furniture. In 1996, the manufacture closed and was bought by the swiss foundry Haas’sche Schriftgießerei. Since then, no new material was produced, but an after-sales service was provided by Haas to replace or fix the old Scherer material.

A few typefaces are copies or modified versions of German foundries creations like this one, while some are original and totally unique typefaces. They had a selection from the chromatic faces in which they cleverly used the technique of overprinting two inks which give an effect of seeing a third color.

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