Rob Roy Kelly American Wood Type Collection
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The first wood Indexes were shown by
Wells & Webb as a calligraphic styled
index in 1854. William H. Page showed
the more representational Indexes in
his 1859 Specimens of Wood Type.

Most of the major manufacturers
showed variations on the Indexes and
also referred to them as Fists, Phists,
Pointers or Hands. Page appears to
have sold Indexes in mirrored pairs.
Index No 2
Morgans & Wilcox Mfg Co
20 line
This was first shown in Morgans &
Wilcox’s 1884 Condensed Specimen
Book of Wood Type.

Index No 3
Morgans & Wilcox Mfg Co
20 line
This was first shown in Morgans &
Wilcox’s 1884 Condensed Specimen
Book of Wood Type.

Index No 7
Hamilton Mfg Co
10 line
This was first shown in Hamilton’s
1889 Specimens of Wood Type &
Borders.