Eccentric Italian Printing Jewels

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Printer’s fleurons, ornaments, borders, dingbats and jewels are among the vestiges of the past that were cashiered when orthodox Modernism or New Typography altered the way design was practiced in the West. Though eradication of ornament was certainly not across the board. Many hot metal type foundries (and eventually phototypesetters) retained their respective supplies of lead and wood material.

One of the many great sources for such material was designed and produced by the great Italian foundry Società Nebiolo in Turin. This 1928 “Campionario Caratteri e Fregi Typographici” (collection of character and decoration samples) contains a small inventory of the Stile Liberty (Art Nouveau) and Novecentro designs for sale back in the day.

ORNAMENTI BAROCCHI
FREGIO SERIE
ITALICA ARS
FREGIO SERIE 155
FREGIO SERIE 96
FREGIO SERIE 62
FREGIO SERIE 59
FREGIO SERIE 59
FREGIO SERIE 57
FREGIO SERIE 50
FREGIO SERIE 69

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