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Some engravings from William Davison’s New Specimen of Cast-Metal Ornaments and Wood Types, printed at Alnwick, Northumberland, in about 1840.

William Davison’s printing house was well-known for many years; he is also known for having corresponded with the famous engraver Thomas Bewick, and some of the engravings in the specimen book appear to be by Bewick and are marked with a B in the book.

The images do not have captions in the printed specimen book, just numbers.

Title: New Specimen of Cast-Metal Ornaments and Wood Types

Author: Davison, William

Published by: William Davison

City: Alnwick

Date: 1840

Total items: 28

Out of copyright (called public domain in the USA), hence royalty-free for all purposes usage credit requested, or as marked.

Some sample images

[picture: 888.---Octagonal Border with starbursts.]

888.—Octagonal Border with starbursts.

A vintage border that would look well with Christmas or holiday items. [$]

[picture: 137.---To Be Sold.]

137.—To Be Sold.

The phrase “to be sold” written in ornate yet heavy, “fat” lettering. The original is not rectangular in the fac simile I have, but whether this is a flaw in the facsimile or [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: 168.---Lovers in the bushes.]

168.—Lovers in the bushes.

A gentleman and a woman, the man with a formal jacket with long tails and the woman with a long dress and a broad-brimmed hat or bonnet walk through bushes and trees, arm in arm. [more...] [$]

[picture: 162.---Horse and Carriage.]

162.—Horse and Carriage.

Two (or maybe four?) horses are pulling this coach; the driver weilds a long horse-whip. [$]

[picture: 1052.---Border With Angels]

1052.—Border With Angels

Two female angels, winged women with bare feet and flowing robes, one with an exposed breast, stand as suppoters on either side of a blank rectangular frame suitable for inserting an announcement; [...] [more...] [$]


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Some engravings from William Davison’s New Specimen of Cast-Metal Ornaments and Wood Types, printed at Alnwick, Northumberland, in about 1840.

William Davison’s printing house was well-known for many years; he is also known for having corresponded with the famous engraver Thomas Bewick, and some of the engravings in the specimen book appear to be by Bewick and are marked with a B in the book.

The images do not have captions in the printed specimen book, just numbers.


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