19thC Alphabet Tray of Letterpress Printing Blocks


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19thC Alphabet Tray of Letterpress Printing Blocks

The collection of approximately one hundred and twenty three letterpress printing blocks, presented in their original wooden stained tray from the print house, the font being an elongated, sans serif type font in mahogany or similar wood and to include the ampersand and other punctuation marks, apparently hailing from Covent Garden, London and from the last decade of the nineteenth century.

The condition of the blocks varies slightly with a handful having small chips but the patina is beautiful and there isn’t any major damages or losses to speak of.

As an art, block printing has been important in many nations, beginning in Asia about 750 A.D, and in Europe about 1350. Many blocks of this kind would have been destroyed when the new techniques were introduced.

Aside from being superbly decorative, displayed on shelves or mantelpieces, these well-crafted blocks also offer a multitude of uses from letterpress printing itself to personalising anything from stationary to entire walls.

Let your imagination run wild.


  • H: 15cm (5.91in)
  • W: 38cm (14.96in)
  • D: 1.5cm (0.59in)



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'Doe & Hope specialise in decorative, rare and unusual antiques from around the world with a particular interest in the atmosphere that surrounds an object, taking a cinematic approach in the presentation of our inventory. Our house style is probably best described as theatrical; being a concoction of old money, dramatic decorative, and faded gentility, with common themes of both humour and the macabre running through our inventory, that includes both academic and playful objects.

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