English Village Signpost (1900–1910?)


I've been trying to ID the font from this signpost for a few days now and have had no success. Answering 'font quizzes' on the identification websites always brings up Bernhard OT Condensed (or whatever it is) but that's not it. It's also not Bernard MT (the MS/Monotype knock off). I've been looking at type libraries for hours on end and haven't been able to find anything that matches. Using 'Unusual Features' lists for left-angled serifs (as in the F and E) has been unsuccessful. The origin of this signpost is English and the font's features suggest something around 1900-1910.

The way I see it the main features are: slab serif, heavy weight, condensed, left-angled serifs in F/E, no 'bulbous' serifs (eg serifs at top of letters don't protrude above the topmost line of the letters), a straight-backed D (this is the main thing I can't find), and a thick bottom part on the L.

If anyone can ID this font you will be saving me a lot of time redrawing these letters and the rest of the alphabet!


Matching serif structure, but not as condensed and a little heavier Freda Sack's Paddington http://www.identifont.com/show?A4I and http://www.identifont.com/show?6I4