A fine treasure from the old newspaper office in Silverton, Colorado. This rare face is a product of the Pacific States Type Foundry in San Francisco, which was in business from 1888 to 1906. The second photo above is a specimen of Sierra that appeared in the June, 1896 issue of The Inland Printer. (See A Typographical Journey Through the Inland Printer, p. 534, or Annenberg, p. 207.) Caps E M R have both regular and alternate versions. Characters Q g j p q y are kerned, indicating that the matrices may have been cut before the point system became standard. It is also of interest that the lowercase G in the specimen is of a slightly different design than this type, possibly to eliminate the kern. This 48 point is the largest of eight sizes in which Sierra was cut. The font is complete, with some wear noticeable and the usual dings and dents of an antique. Face is smooth and polished with no oxidation. Weighs in at a hefty 22 lbs.
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