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Tuscan is a style characterized by contrasted strokes, rounded or pointed terminals that are often bi- or trifurcated (divided into branches), as well as a medial (mid-stem) decoration. The designs of the broad variety of Gothic Tuscans were strongly influenced by the Antique Tuscan.

The majority of Gothic Tuscans produced in the second half of the nineteenth century originated as wood type in America, and were later adopted by the type founders. The first Gothic Tuscan appeared in Wells & Webb’s 1849 Specimen of Plain and Ornamental Wood Type. Another important derivation of the Gothic Tuscan style was a design first shown by Bill, Stark & Co., in 1853, named Tuscan Extra Condensed. Rather than using Bill, Stark & Co.’s name for this style, Rob Roy Kelly avoided confusion by adopting the name used in David Knox’s 1858 Specimens of Wood Type: Concave Tuscan.

A note on the types included in this category: It is difficult with many Tuscans to clearly determine if they were derived from Antique or Gothic styles, since reducing from or adding to the visual form can produce similar results. A number of the types that have been categorized as Gothic Tuscans could just as arbitrarily be categorized as Antique Tuscans.



Gothic Tuscan
Gothic Tuscan Condensed No 1
Gothic Tuscan X Condensed
Concave Tuscan X Condensed Outline
Antique Tuscan X Condensed No 11
Antique Tuscan X Condensed No 11
Antique Tuscan No 9
Antique Tuscan No 9
Antique Tuscan No 9
Kurilian No 2
Gothic Tuscan Condensed
Gothic Tuscan Condensed Reversed
Tuscan Italian
No 67
Streamer No 138
Gothic Tuscan Pointed
Gothic Tuscan No 5
Gothic Tuscan No 1
Etruscan No 4
Etruscan No 4
No 132
Gothic Tuscan