Wood Type by the sack load..

Last Monday I received an email from a chap asking if I was interested in buying his large collection of wood type. He was an ex-compositor and over the years had been collecting odd letters here and there and had amassed a collection of around 2000 individual wood letters.

One of the five tables that were full of wood letterpress type

One of the five tables that were full of wood letterpress type

Of course I was interested! It's my favourite kind of email. He sent a couple of images across of all the letters laid out, although there were no complete founts, there looked to be some lovely letters ranging from 1" right through to a few 14" pieces. He asked to make an offer and get in touch.

Before I had even had chance to make him an offer a second email arrived, this time not just addressed to me, but to another three people, inviting everyone to submit their best offers and the winner would be notified the next day.  Now I'm not really a fan of this way of doing business, from past experience it's a way of the vendor pitting you against each other, backwards and forwards, nudging up the price each time.  As always I submitted a fair and reasonable offer and left it at that. I will always pitch a fair offer from the off, I'm not keen on starting low and work up, it wastes time and I don't think it's especially good for reputation, at least this way if you miss out to someone else you have given your best offer from the start and there is no wondering 'what if'

It didn't stop me from thinking about it for the next 24hrs. The next day I got a call from the chap and after a little bit of further light negotiation we agreed on a price and for the 4th Friday in a row I was back out on the road picking up Letterpress type.

When I arrived we set to work bundling all the letters in to sacks and loading the car which by the end was absolutely full of wood type. After having a good old chat and me getting distracted by his record collection that was also for sale, which I will be pondering over tonight, it was time to hit the road back to Broadstairs.  There is now going to be a lot of sorting and cleaning to be done to get the type ready for sale. Sadly there were about 100 or so that had been ravaged by woodworm, but on the whole this is another nice haul.

I haven't quite decided what I'm going to do with it all yet but if you are looking for individual wood letterpress letters either to print with or to purchase for decorative purposes then do get in touch as I might know where there are a few letters!!!!!

The letter K is 14"

The letter K is 14"