Looking for a Victorian-style typeface with small curly embellishments

allisondub's picture


I'm trying to find a typeface that's similar to this sample. The original is from the 1880s and I'm guessing hand-lettered. So I'm looking for a font that shares most of its characteristics, especially its width to height ratio (on the wider side), stroke thickness (relatively thin), and its very small curlique embellishments. Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

Stephen Lording's picture

Your sample (particularly the R) made me think of Kismet, which dates from 1879, but its embellishments are perhaps more over-the-top than what you're after?

allisondub's picture

Hi Stephen,

Thanks for your comment. Yes, one thing I'm looking for is the relative smallness/sparseness of the embellishments...so that the letters almost look undecorated at first glance.

timd's picture


Still over ornamented, perhaps you could edit them for small amounts of text.

wmayer's picture

Hello Allison,

take a look at http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/solotype/bandstand/

although this typeface still may be too ornamented.


allisondub's picture

Thanks for your comments. Maybe what I need is a more neutral typeface with alternates, something like Ela Demiserif and Ela Swashes. Any suggestions?

Mike F's picture

No curlicues, but see what you think of the Victorian font Blue Point Normal. Perhaps a similar "feel"?

Bert Vanderveen's picture

How about these fonts from Dover:

allisondub's picture


The second Dover font you listed - Giraldon - is great. Pretty subtle embellishments for the most part. Where can I find it?

Ignacio's picture

Giraldon is in the Dover Art Nouveau Display Fonts CD-ROM and Book, it has lowercase too.

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