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Brush style script types are based on cursive handwriting with a brush rather than a flexible steel nib or a broad-edged pen. The particular instrument used imparts a specific contrast to the letter’s strokes. Brush scripts tend to be informal designs and often resemble sign-painter’s lettering.
The first script to appear as wood type was E.R Webb’s Title Script in his 1854 Specimens of Wood Type. The first Brush style script to appear as wood type was J.G. Cooley’s Brush Script, first shown in his c.1859 Specimens of Wood Type.
Even after their appearance, Scripts continued to be a minor presence in wood type catalogs. The broadest range of scripts shown by one manufacturer occurred when seven styles appeared in William Page’s 1882 Specimens of Wood Type & Borders. Even in Hamilton’s 1906 comprehensive reference catalog Specimens of Wood Type, of the two hundred and forty pages in the catalog, only six pages were dedicated to scripts.
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