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The typograpic ornaments and “stock blocks” or “stock cuts” here are taken from The Little Book of Typographic Ornament by David Jury (Laurence King Publishing Ltd., 2015). I may add more later that are from other sources.

The book shows ornaments going back to the 1700s and includes access to download 300dpi digital images; these have been dithered, making them hard to re-use; I’ve processed them to give them clean edges.

Title: Typographic Ornaments

Author: Various

Published by: Laurence King Publishing Ltd.

City: London

Date: 1850

Total items: 9

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: Chapterheads with cherubs, dragons, fish, neptune, flowers]

Chapterheads with cherubs, dragons, fish, neptune, flowers

Three separate chapterheads: one with two cherubs, or naked boys, each holding one end of a rope, or a pipe with a bulb on the end, perhaps about to squirt some giant flowers; one with a Greek male head (possibly neptune) in a circle with large fish all round; one with two dragons or wyverns having the [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: stock block: scales, or equal-arm balance.]

stock block: scales, or equal-arm balance.

In an equal arm balance like this one you can compare the weights of things in the two pans; often you use a set of standardized weights in one pan and add them until the lever at the top is level, [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: stock block: Young male servant carrying a boar's head]

stock block: Young male servant carrying a boar’s head

This young man carries a platter of food: a roasted pig’s head with fruit or vegetables around it, on a platter. He wears a ruff round his neck, a tunic over a long-sleeved shirt, and simple shoes; presumably he also wears hose, or tights. He carries the platter level with his face. The image is circular and the space that itsn’t the food or the youth [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: Stock block: Child kneeling in a circular vignette]

Stock block: Child kneeling in a circular vignette

This Victorian engraving shows a boy (probably) kneeling within a circular border; he holds a boquet of flowers in one hand as he gazes at a butterly perched on his other hand. There’s a circle of [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: Stock block: deer skull]

Stock block: deer skull

This vintage woodcut of a deer skull looks almost like a Cthulhu monster or the “Kraken”. [more...] [$]


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The typograpic ornaments and “stock blocks” or “stock cuts” here are taken from The Little Book of Typographic Ornament by David Jury (Laurence King Publishing Ltd., 2015). I may add more later that are from other sources.

The book shows ornaments going back to the 1700s and includes access to download 300dpi digital images; these have been dithered, making them hard to re-use; I’ve processed them to give them clean edges.


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