Or rather an æ?
In the crit thread on my handwriting-inspired font we ran into this question. I have little experience with this glyph.
In handwritten form, would æ usually be written like an 'a' and then an 'e', but abutted? Or does one swing down and around and up and around, so that the crossbar of the a goes right into the crossbar of the e? Or does a handwritten form most often employ a single-story 'a' form?