A group of wide, horizontally stressed slabs originating in the mid 1800s.
Known in the US and UK as French Antique Extended or French Clarendon Extended and in Germany as Breite Italienne. Seemann credits the origin to Rust & Co. (of Offenbach), 1860.
Digital interpretations include: Filmotype Western, from a 1955 phototype revival; FranTique NF (Nick’s Fonts), based on BB&S’s version; the comical Lodge (SparkyType); the very rough Breite Italienne (Intellecta); and Tortellini (DJR). The more loosely related Arbor (Constellation) is based on Caslon’s Italian of the 1820s which has a reversed, not just horizontal, stress.
- 1882 Cincinnati (French Clarendon)
- 1885 Farmer (French Antique)
- 1886 S&G (Breite Italienne)
- 1889 H&S (French Antique)
- 1892 MS&J (French Clarendon)
- 1893 Chicago (French Clarendon)
- 1893 Cleveland (French Clarendon)
- 1893 Farmer (French Antique)
- 1893(?) BB&S (French Antique)
- 1896 ATF (French Clarendon)
- 1897 ATF (French Clarendon 120)
- c.1900 BB&S (French Antique)
- 1907 BB&S (French Antique)
- 1912 S&G (Breite Italienne)
- Stamps based on Breite Italienne
French Antique/Clarendon Extended in use
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