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Lovely Spencerian capital exemplar
« on: January 20, 2014, 01:52:47 PM »
From "Early American Handwriting:  Spencerian Script and Ornamental Penmanship, Volume II", the compendium of script exemplars by the Master Penman of the 19th century, by Michael Sull. 

Feast your eyes on these beautiful capital letterforms!  Plenty more of this kind of gorgeous stuff in the IAMPETH archives as well. 

For wedding envelope addressing work, these days I never stick to straight copperplate (the script style which pre-dates Spencerian), but rather I tend to write a kind of heavily shaded script that is influenced by both Spencerian and Copperplate. 

Brides tend to want more shading on the lowercase letters than was used in Spencerian.  The hairlines can also be so fine that it's not great for digital reproduction... 

*note:  I keep trying to attach the jpeg of the scan, and when I click on "post", I'm just getting a white screen...? 
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Re: Lovely Spencerian capital exemplar
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2014, 02:11:05 PM »
I'd like to make this bigger, but it seems like people have to download it in order to see it!

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Re: Lovely Spencerian capital exemplar
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2014, 06:46:22 PM »
These are lovely! Maria Thomas did a similar Spencerian, Copperplate mix which was essentially Spencerian with a little more shade. I love it! Thanks for sharing this! These are beautiful caps!
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Re: Lovely Spencerian capital exemplar
« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2014, 07:51:00 PM »
Hi Joy,
So beautiful.
Thank you for sharing.

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Roseann
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Re: Lovely Spencerian capital exemplar
« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2014, 08:05:48 PM »
Thanks for inspiring Joy, this is so elegant.
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Re: Lovely Spencerian capital exemplar
« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2014, 08:53:01 PM »
Wow! that makes me want to practice practice practice! simply beautiful caps.
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Re: Lovely Spencerian capital exemplar
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2014, 07:36:29 PM »
I read a comment a few days ago, she said she just taken a Spencerian class in caps or flourishes, the master penman had them start their line well off the paper do the line and continue the movement on past, off the paper. It made sense to me because it is the dithering of where to start and should I start that flummoxes me.

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Re: Lovely Spencerian capital exemplar
« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2014, 09:59:41 PM »
Hi Sharyn,
Do you mean, the starting point and which direction to go in? Yes - start!  ;D
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