New and need a little assistance

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Joined: 2 Jun 2009 - 10:10am
New and need a little assistance

Hi everyone, I've been lurking around these forums for a few days now (I got here looking through links to antique cartographic fonts) and was inspired by your typographic passion to try and make my own font and am struggling to this with font creator, but I found the bezier tools really clumsy (and was glad to read on another thread here that I was not the only one), so I will probably switch to font forge (thanks again for the tip on the forums)to complete it.

I'm trying to reproduce a font used in a hand drawn map (circa 1850) which is also hand lettered. The capital letters have long serifs which go to the left (example below of a very quickly modified Times New Roman 'A' with the extensions). Is there a name for this type of font? Trying to find something that looks like it on the myriad font sites is like looking for a needle in a haystack.

I would be very grateful if anyone could help. My main interest in fonts is for use in antique /fantasy cartography - I found the thread on cartographic fonts very helpful, particularly the princples behind what should make a good one.

All the best and very nice to be here.